EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/64/96
13 September 1996
Further information (5) on UA 198/96 (ASA 21/55/96, 10 September) and follow-ups
ASA 21/58/96, 12 August; ASA 21/59/96, 14 August; ASA 21/61/96, 16 August;
ASA 21/62/96, 19 August - Fear for safety / possible prisoners of conscience
/ torture / medical concern / prisoner of conscience
released: Hendrik Dikson Sirait
Benny Sumardi (previously listed as Benny S)
28 alleged PRD activists in Bali
Thirty-nine people arrested in the past weeks for their alleged involvement
in the disturbances in Jakarta on 27 and 28 July have been released from
detention. Of the 39, at least three are still facing charges under the
Anti-subversion law, while others face charges under the Indonesian Criminal
The 28 alleged PRD activists arrested in Bali on 7 August were released the
same day, although 11 of them were called back for questioning. It is not clear
if they are facing charges themselves, or are being questioned as witnesses
in relation to other cases.
The seven (six students and one other) who were arrested in Medan, North Sumatra
on 6 August, Abadi Halawa, Ganda Manurung, Freddy Manurung, Mangasi, Simson
Simanjuntak, Ronald Naibaho and Parlindugan Sibuea, were all released on 9
Benny Sumardi, the owner of the house in which Budiman Sujatmiko and other
members of the Partai Rakyat Demokratik (PRD) had been hiding, was released
on 21 August. Benny Sumardi has to report to the police twice a week and is
still facing charges of harbouring criminals.
Budi Pratono and Syamsul Bachri were released on bail on 21 August. Both are
still facing charges under the Anti-subversion law.
Hendrik Dikson Sirait was released on bail on 26 August. He has to report
regularly to the police and is still facing charges.
Nyonya B Veronica Sembiring, female, who was released on 15 August (see follow-up
to UA 198/96, ASA 21/62/96, 19 August) is also still facing charges relating
to the possession of ammnunition.
A total of 183 people have been arrested or summoned for questioning since
the raid on the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) on 27 July and subsequent
disturbances on 27 and 28 July. At least 33 of the 183 are still being detained.