Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Police chief denies wounds on Tibo's body

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National Police Chief Gen Sutanto has denied rumors that there were several wounds of torture on the body of Fabianus Tibo who was executed with Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva in the Central Sulawesi city of Palu early last Friday. "It is not true that there were wounds on Tibo`s boday," Sutanto told newsmen before attending a cabinet meeting chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential office here on Wednesday. The national police chief also denied that Tibo et al were shot more than once by the firing squad. Sutanto made the statement after being asked about a rumor that there were several knife wounds on Tibo`s dead body. According to the rumor, the wounds on Tibo`s body had been photographed by East Nusa Tenggara community figures and the photographs were distributed among the domestic and international communities. However, Sutanto also denied that the firing squad had violated an international rule allowing a death row convict to be shot at most two times. According to the rumors Tibo et al were shot five to eight times by the firing squad. "It is not true," Sutanto said, adding that every country had its own legal rules. Meanwhile, Tibo`s family in Ende, East Nusa Tenggara, said on Wednesday that the executors had violated the rules of executions, stipulated in Law No.2/1964.
A spokesman for Tibo`s family, Yustinus Sani, said five bullet wounds and other bruises on the bodies of Fabianus Tibo and Fabianus Riwu indicated that they had been tortured before being executed. According to Yustinus, the improprieties in the execution process for the three death row convicts in Poso riot were an arbitrary act of the law enforcers who had violated human rights, Pancasila (Indonesia`s state ideology) and the 1945 Constitution. In addition, he said, the family also expressed their disappointment over the executors who had intentionally ignored the culture and traditions in Flores and the tradition of the Catholic Church. "For the people of Flores, birth and death are two sacred events that have to be respected by the executors but in reality, they have intentionally ignored it," Yustinus said. "I feel sad because even those who have died were treated disrespectfully . For example, Dominggus da Silva was buried like an animal. Where is the sense of humanity and protection from the state to its nationalities?" Yustinus asked.

There is no sense of humanity with this government.

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