Sunday, October 01, 2006

Support for legal measure taken by Tibo's family

Kupang (ANTARA News) - Inter-faith Leaders Cooperation Forum (FKPA) in Belu-Timur Tengah Utara (TTU) district and Kupang Archdiocese Commission for Justice and Truth (K3KAK) have expressed support for Tibo et al`s family members in their effort to bring alleged improprieties in the executions of three Poso death-row convits to Human Rights and International Criminal Courts. "We fully support legal measure which is taken by Tibo et al`s family members to obtain absolute justice," FKPA secretary Father Gories said here on Thursday. A similar statement of support was also made by K3KAK chairman Father Maxi Un Bria who was contacted separately by ANTARA News here on the same day. "The initiative of Tibo et al`s families to refer the case to the United Nations Human Rights and International Criminal Courts is actually positive and understandable," Father Maxi Un Bria noted. According to him, the families who felt that the government or the executioners had done serious harm to them would certainly like to see the real truth and justice. "Thus, it is natural if the families of Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva want to find the truth and justice during the executions of the trio," Maxi said. Meanwhile, Yustinus Sani, a spokesman for Tibo`s family in Ende district, East Nusa Tenggara, said on Wednesday that executors had violated the rules of executions as stipulated in Law No.2/1964.
He said five bullet wounds and other bruises on the bodies of Fabianus Tibo and Fabianus Riwu indicated that they were tortured before being executed. Therefore, he noted that the family was resolved to bring the case to the United Nations Human Rights Court and the International Crimiminal Court. According to Yustinus, the improprieties in the executions of the three Poso death-row convicts were an arbitrary act by the law enforcers who had violated human rights, the Pancasila (Indonesia`s official state ideology) and the 1945 Constitution. "Thus, by bringing the case to the UN Human Rights Court and International Court, the executors and all related parties in Tibo et al`s executions could give their accounts before the court," Yustinus noted. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Siva died in front of a police firing squad early last Friday in Palu, Central Sulawesi.

In theory it would be wonderful if this happened. The reality is if the family continues to pursue this, they will face more persecution from the police and government. Police in Indonesia operate above the law and even when they are wrong and make mistakes in procedure or investigation, they are still right. Watch for the family to be pressured first by the police and government and if they continue to press the case, the police will harrass or attack them. In all likelihood more tragedy will befall the family. This is the nature of the Muslim Javanese Central government and police force.

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