Military members arbitrarily arrest and torture Hendrik Bosayor

The local human rights organisation LP3BH (Manokwari Institute for Research Study and Development of Legal Aid) has reported the alleged arbitrary arrest and torture of Hendrik Bosayor (30 years) on 4 August 2017. According to the victim's family, a group of military members had arbitrarily arrested  Hendrik Bosayor in Sowi I, Manokwari Regency, near the former office of PT. Coklat Ransiki company. Subsequently the military members allegedly tortured Hendrik Bosayor and forced him to confess his involvement in the theft of a weapon, which had been stolen from a military special unit (KOPASSUS).  Hendrik Bosayor was unlawfully detained for eight days and released on 11 August 2017.

LP3BH reported that Hendrik Bosayor's family demands a legal prosecution of the perpetrators. The arrest and detention was carried out without warrant or solid evidence for the victim's involvement in the case. Moreover, the Indonesian Criminal Procedure Code (KUHAP) states that criminal offenses are the responsibility of the national police and must be processed through law enforcement institutions in line with national regulations.

So far the regional military command (Kodam XVIII/ Kasuari) has not responded to the allegations. However, the Head of LP3BH, Yan Christian Warinussi, stated three members of the military intelligence visited him on 12 August 2017 in the LP3BH office. The intelligence members left the office after Warinussi asked them to postpone the meeting to the evening.