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Four Soldiers to be Put on Trial Tuesday

Four Indonesian soldiers will go on trial this week accused of beating up villagers in Aceh province during the military’s ongoing offensive against separatist rebels, a military official said Monday. Operation commander Brig. Gen. Bambang Darmono said four soldiers from the 144th Infantry Battalion were accused of beating up five villagers in a raid on the north Acehnese village of Lawang on May 27. All five of the villagers were hospitalized, but their injuries weren’t life threatening. “Four soldiers … will be put on trial in a military tribunal on Tuesday,” Bambang was quoted as saying by AP here.He didn’t give their names or ranks. Soldiers also shot and killed 35-year-old Abu Bakar during the raid. Villagers told AP the day after the raid that Abu was a farmer with no links to the insurgents and had been executed. Full Story

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