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UA 331/92 - Indonesia: legal concern: Dadang Trisasongko

, Index number: ASA 21/015/1992

Indonesian human rights lawyer Dadang Trisasongko was arrested and accused of subversion by the Indonesian authorities on 19 October 1992. The organization he works for, the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute, believes that he was arrested because of his legal work on behalf of the villagers of Singosari-Gresik, East Java, who have been threatened with eviction from their land to make way for construction by the state electricty company.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 21/15/92
Distr: UA/SC
UA 331/92 Legal Concern 23 October 1992
INDONESIA: Dadang Trisasongko, human rights lawyer
Amnesty International is concerned at the recent arrest of human rights lawyer Dadang
Trisasongko.
Indonesian human rights lawyer, Dadang Trisasongko, has been arrested and accused
of subversion by Indonesian authorities for his activities in defence of a village
community in East Java. Dadang Trisasongko is a legal adviser at the Surabaya, East
Java, office of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute, LBH (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum),
a respected legal aid organization which provides assistance to the socially and
economically disadvantaged, and to victims of human rights violations.
Mr Trisasongko was arrested by police at 9am on 19 October 1992 on charges of
"subversion" and "incitement" as he stepped off a boat at Tanjung Perak harbour in
Surabaya, East Java. Although precise details of the allegations against him are
not yet not known, the LBH believes that he was arrested because of his legal work
on behalf of the villagers of Singosari-Gresik, East Java, who have been threatened
with eviction from their land to make way for construction by the state electricity
company.
Although he was feeling ill, Mr Trisasongko was taken immediately to the office of
Police Intelligence on Jalan Ahmad Yani, Surabaya, for questioning. He was reportedly
denied the right to have a lawyer present during interrogation - an internationally
recognized right also guaranteed under the Indonesian Code of Criminal Procedure
(KUHAP).
Following the arrest, the Head of the armed forces Agency for the Reinforcement of
National Stability (Bakorstanasda) for East Java, Major General R. Hartono, told
the press that Mr Trisasongko had been arrested because his activities "threatened
national stability". He said that Mr Trisasongko might be charged under Indonesia's
sweeping Anti-Subversion Law, which carries a maximum penalty of death. In a press
release, dated 22 October 1992, the LBH national office rejected the allegations,
saying that Mr Trisasongko's actions on behalf of the village community had been
entirely legal.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Indonesia's Anti-Subversion Law (UU Anti-Subversi PNPS/1963) has been used to imprison
thousands of real or alleged government opponents since it was introduced by
Presidential Decree in 1963. There are currently more than 500 political prisoners
held in Indonesia and East Timor, most of whom have been convicted of subversion.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters either
in English, Indonesian or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the recent arrest of the human rights lawyer Dadang Trisasongko
in connection with legal defence work on behalf of the community of Singosari-Gresik;
- expressing concern that Mr Trisasongko was denied the right to have a lawyer present
during his interrogation by the police, a right which is guaranteed by Indonesia's
own Code of Criminal Procedure (KUHAP)
- asking to be informed of the precise reasons for his arrest and of the nature of
the charges to be brought against him.
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APPEALS TO:
1. Pangab
General Try Sutrisno
Markas Besar ABRI
Jalan Merdeka Barat 13
Cilangkap
Jakarta
Indonesia
Telegrams: General Try Sutrisno, ABRI, Jakarta, Indonesia
Faxes: +62-21-361471, +62-21-378144, +62-21-356404
Salutation: Dear General
2. Kapolri
General Kunarto
Markas Besar Kepolisian RI
Jalan Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia
Telegrams: General Kunarto, Kapolri, Jakarta, Selatan, Indonesia
Telephone: +62-21-348537
Salutation: Dear General
3. Pangdam V/Brawijaya
Major General R. Hartono
Markas Besar KODAM V
Surabaya
Jawa Timur
Indonesia
Telegrams: Maj-Gen Hartono, Markas Besar KODAM V, Surabaya, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Major-General
4. Kapolda V
Brigadier General Koesparmono Irsan
Markas Besar Kepolisian
Surabaya,
Jawa Timur
Indonesia
Telegrams: Brig-Gen Koesparmono Irsan, Kapolda V, Surabaya, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Brigadier-General
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Legal Aid Organization
YLBHI
Jalan Diponegoro 74
Jakarta
Indonesia
Fax: +62-21-330140
and to diplomatic representatives of Indonesia accredited to your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your
section office, if sending appeals after 4 December 1992.

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