Friday, October 27, 2006

Government to use anti-terrorism laws to deal with Poso incidents

Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Thursday that recent incidents in Poso were not conflicts but terror actions and therefore police were expected to use anti-terrorism law to deal with them.
He called on the police to thoroughly investigate the case. "I hope the police would investigate thoroughly all terror cases in Poso," he said.
He said there were no conflicts in Poso. He said what had happened there were in fact terror actions. In view of that he urged the police and the military (TNI) to thoroughly investigate them and find the roots of all the incidents.
He reiterated that there will be no security forces pullout from the region.
He said the shootings by the police that led to the death of a civilan and injury of several others were in line with standard procedures.
However he said that the case would also be investigated and there would be punishment for those from both the community or the police/TNI if found guilty.
The chief of the 7th/Wirabuana Military Command, Major General Arief Budi Sampurno, earlier said that Vice President Jusuf Kalla would visit Palu in the near future but no date had been set yet.
"He would visit Palu not Poso to meet with community, religious, government and security leaders in Central Sulawesi" he said.
He said the present situation in Poso had in general been under control and quite secure.

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