Monday, October 02, 2006

Family doesn't want body exhumed

Kupang (ANTARA News) - The extended family of Dominggus da Silva in the Sikka district town of Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara, do not want his body exhumed for an autopsy, Sikka police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Endang Syafruddin told ANTARA News here by phone on Monday. Dominggus, together with Fabianus Tibo and Marianus Riwo, was executed by a firing squad in the Central Sulawesi city of Palu late last month after being found guilty of leading a mob in a sectarian clash in Poso, Central Sulawesi, that left more than 200 people dead in 2001. "Based on teachings in their Catholic faith, da Silva`s extended family do not want Dominggus` body exhumed at all," Endang Syafruddin said. He made the statement after being contacted for confirmation about the response from da Silva`s family following Indonesian Justice and Peace Advocacy Service (Padma)`s request to the police not to prevent the family from performing an autopsy in the human rights and legal interest. Endang Syafruddin said it was Padma`s right to make such a request but National Police Chief Gen Sutanto had said repeatedly that Tibo et al were not tortured before being executed. "I reckon everything is clear enough and the extended family members themselves do not want an autopsy performed. An autopsy can only be performed at the police`s request in the interest of a further investigation if there are anomalies in the body of the victim," Endang said. He said police would not prevent da Silva` family from exhuming Dominggus` body for an autopsy. He had even met the family several times in Maumere and they said they did not want to do so because it was one of the great taboos in the Catholic faith.

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