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Indonesian general on trial for massacre of 1984

Indonesia on Tuesday put a retired general on trial for gross human rights violations for his alleged role in a 19-year-old massacre of anti-government demonstrators in an effort by Jakarta to close a notorious chapter in Suharto’s 32-year rule. The Tanjung Priok massacre on September 12, 1984, saw at least 18 Muslim activists killed and possibly hundreds. But until earlier this month, when 11 junior officers were put on trial, no one had faced charges for the massacre and, as a result, analysts pointed to it as an example of the lack of accountability long in place for the Indonesian military. Retired Major-General Pranowo, who appeared only briefly in court on Tuesday, was the colonel in charge of military police in Jakarta when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators in the city’s port, Tanjung Priok. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted. Full Story

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