Munir document could lead to new investigation
  a.. Margareth S. Aritonang and Ina Parlina 
  The Jakarta Post 

Jakarta | Wed, October 12 2016 | 07:34 am 
 Suciwati, the widow of slain human rights activist Munir (right), and human 
rights activist Maria Sumarsih hold masks of Munir's face during the hearing at 
the Central Information Commission (KIP) on Oct. 10. In the ruling, KIP ordered 
the government to disclose all related information regarding the investigation 
report by a fact-finding team into Munir's murder. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay) 
The possible disclosure of a document detailing the facts surrounding the 2004 
murder of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib could lead to a new 
investigation into any individuals or officials involved in the killing.

Former members of a fact-finding team into Munir’s murder confirmed the 
document mentions the names of state officials allegedly responsible for 
planning the murder.

However, confusion over the whereabouts of the confidential report has created 
tension between human rights campaigners and the State Secretariat, which is in 
charge of the government’s administrative documents.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the State Secretariat’s deputy for public 
relations, Masrokhan, insisted his office had no information about the fate of 
the report. “Thus, it is impossible for the State Secretariat to disclose a 
document that we know nothing about,” he said in a press statement.

But that statement failed to discourage Munir’s supporters.

Activist Usman Hamid still clearly remembered the day when he and his 
colleagues from the government-sanctioned fact-finding team met then president 
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in June 2005.

Usman described how he and other former team members, including Mashudi Hanafi, 
Asmara Nababan and Amiruddin Al Rahab, among others, handed a report detailing 
the findings of their investigation into Munir’s killing to Yudhoyono, who was 
at that time accompanied by his full team of aides, including, among others, 
then coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister Widodo Adi 
Sutjipto, then National Police chief Da’i Bachtiar and then state secretary 
Sudi Silalahi.

In a written statement to the Central Information Commission (KIP) Sudi himself 
confirmed his knowledge of the report as he, as then chief of the State 
Secretariat, was the one who had received it.

“The State Secretariat’s denial of knowledge of the whereabouts of the report 
is really baseless,” Usman said on Tuesday to respond to the State 
Secretariat’s insistent refusal to disclose the investigation’s findings as 
ordered by a recent KIP writ.

“The government can no longer ignore the case. Several former team members, 
including Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, are currently serving in the 
government. President [Joko] Jokowi [Widodo] can consult them on the existence 
as well as the content of the report.”

A KIP hearing on Monday ruled that the investigation report was public 
information and consequently ordered the State Secretariat to immediately 
release the document to the public by any means of communication it utilized, 
either electronically or non-electronically.

The KIP was sure that all documents, including the report on Munir’s murder, 
were still under the roof of the State Secretariat.

The KIP issued its writ following a request jointly filed by Munir’s widow 
Suciwati, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) 
and the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in April this year.

They demanded disclosure of the information contained in the report after years 
of pursuing a disappointing legal process to find the mastermind behind Munir’s 

Kontras coordinator Haris Azhar said Munir’s supporters had demanded a public 
exposé of the report for many years, even when Yudhoyono was still in office. 
They waited and watched over ongoing legal processes involving the case, which 
eventually resulted in the acquittals of certain figures believed to have had 
roles in killing Munir.

Munir died in September 2004 of arsenic poisoning during a Garuda Indonesia 
flight to the Netherlands. He was known for speaking out against human rights 
violations by the military.

The fact-finding team found the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) had a role in 
the murder, although it did not definitely conclude that BIN as an institution 
committed the crime. The team, however, identified individuals in BIN who 
played key roles. Among them were the then BIN chief AM Hendropriyono, who was 
a member of Jokowi’s presidential campaign team, and his deputy Muchdi 

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