Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has welcomed the successful prosecution of a
former Indonesian military intelligence officer who severely assaulted a
journalist in Banda Aceh, in the country’s west but has called the relatively
lenient 10-month prison sentence into question.
In a military tribunal hearing on
January 21 at the Iskandar Muda Military Commandin Banda Aceh, First LieutenantFaizal Amin
was found guilty of grievous assault for an attack on Ahmadi, a reporter with Harian
Aceh. Amin was also sentenced for
damaging the journalist’s laptop computer and mobile phone and for using a
military-issued weapon to threaten Ahmadi’s life.
Military prosecutors had originally sought
a five-year sentence for the attack on Ahmadi, who says he is happy with the
sentence and has forgiven his attacker, according to local media reports.
was beaten and threatened in the May
21, 2010 attack for publishing an article linking the police and military
to illegal logging. Amin had earlier warned Ahmadi not to publish the story when
the journalist approached him for comment. In the attack Ahmadi was struck in
the face, asked to remove his clothes and shot at three times, and death
threats made against his family.
the IFJ welcomes the sentencing of Amin, questions need to be asked about the
severity of the punishment in this case,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
“A history of impunity for crimes
against journalists and media workers is difficult to overcome, and it is
crucial that punishments adequately match the crime.”
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