Jakarta Globe, January 16, 2013
Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded four police officers in West Sumatra, who allegedly tortured two teenage detainees to death in December 2011, serve between two to three years in jail.
The officers, from the Sijunjung Police, were accused of being responsible for the death of 14-year-old Faisal Akbar and his 17-year-old brother Budri M. Zein, while they were in police custody on Dec. 28, 2011.
Sijunjung Police claimed the two boys hanged themselves in their prison cell, using their clothing as ropes. But their parents said the boys' bodies were full of injuries.
An investigation by the National Commission on Human Rights immediately after the incident indicated that the boys were tortured to death by police officers.
Prosecutors demanded two years in jail each for Syamsul Bahri, the former Sijunjung Police chief, and Randi Agusta, two and a half years for Irzal and three years for Al Indra during a hearing at the Sijunjung District Court on Tuesday.
The four officers allegedly abused articles in the Criminal Code and the Law on Child Protection on assaults on minors and assaults that lead to fatalities.
Faisal was arrested on Dec. 21, 2011, for stealing from a charity box at a mosque, while Busri was arrested five days later for motorcycle theft.
Since the incident, the National Police have stripped Syamsul of his rank and sentenced him to 21 days in detention. Eight other officers received jail sentences from 21 to 28 days, aside from administrative sanctions ranging from demotion to delayed pay raises.
( nice guys for sure, must remember to invite them to my birthday party