Komnas HAM seeks six slain FPI members' further autopsy details

Komnas HAM seeks six slain FPI members' further autopsy details

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Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) urged Chief of the National Police's Criminal Investigation Directorate Coms. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo to furnish further details on the autopsied bodies of six slain FPI members.

"Komnas HAM's team of investigators sent a letter to the police's criminal investigation directorate chief for summoning the police hospital's doctors involved in the autopsy," Head of the commission's team of investigators, Choirul Anam, stated.

Komnas HAM's investigators have sought additional information of the procedures, process, and substances pertaining to the autopsy of the bodies of six slain guards of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Habib Rizieq Shihab, Anam noted in a statement here on Wednesday.

Anam highlighted that additional explanation regarding the autopsy held immense significance for the human rights commission in its endeavors to uncover the truth behind this fatal shooting that occurred during an encounter between the victims and Jakarta police officers last week.

Early this week, the human rights commission summoned Jakarta Police chief, Insp. Gen. Fadil Imran, and state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga's president director, Subakti Syukur, as part of its endeavors to complete its inquiry into the case.

Following Imran and Syukur's summon, Komnas HAM voiced its intent to obtain further details of each aspect of the police’s shooting of these six FPI members.

Komnas HAM Chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik revealed that the human rights commission and the Jakarta police chief had agreed to work on obtaining a detailed account of the fatal shooting.

"We are going to explore more detailed accounts of every aspect, including the evidence. We have agreed on this," Damanik stated.

The Komnas HAM's team of investigators had earlier sought facts and accounts pertaining to the incident from the FPI, witnesses, victims' relatives, and community members.

They had also conducted a thorough crime-scene investigation and field observation as part of the endeavors to uncover facts regarding the fatal shooting that had caught the attention of both Indonesian and international media outlets.

The Komnas HAM formed the team to evaluate information developing in the public domain and acquire facts from parties over the incident soon after the Jakarta police chief publicly announced the deaths of six FPI members.

Meanwhile, as part of the National Police's probe into the case, investigators had reconstructed the shooting at four locations (TKP) on the night of December 13, 2020.

During the crime-scene reconstruction, at least 58 scenarios were enacted, according to National Police spokesperson, Inspector General Prabowo Argo Yuwono.

Yuwono spoke of also being present at the crime-scene reconstruction, conducted by the Directorate of General Crimes of the National Police's Crime Investigation Department (Bareskrim), Jakarta Police Metro Jaya, and Karawang Police.

However, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) had raised doubts over the outcome of the National Police's reconstruction of the incident, citing several contradictions. For instance, it said, the police claimed FPI members had assaulted officers, but the slain FPI members were found shot dead inside a car.

Six days before the crime-scene reconstruction, Jakarta Metropolitan Police chief, Inspector General Fadil Imran, had declared that on-duty police investigation officers had shot dead six guards of FPI leader Shihab for attacking them.

The incident took place at 00:30 a.m. local time on Monday (December 7, 2020) on the Jakarta-Cikampek KM 50 Toll Road, Imran informed.

At the time, the officers were probing information on a likely mobilization of masses for which Shihab was to be grilled by the Jakarta Police, he remarked.

The Jakarta Police had summoned Shihab for allegedly violating COVID-19 health protocols during his daughter's wedding that coincided with the maulid, which marks the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, thereby leading to crowding.

"When officers of the Jakarta Metro Jaya Police followed vehicles suspected of carrying MRS (Muhammad Rizieq Shihab) followers, the officers' vehicle was intercepted and then attacked with firearms and sharp weapons," Imran informed.

The Jakarta Police chief confirmed that of the 10 attackers, six were killed in the shooting, while four fled.

Imran confirmed that no casualties or injuries were reported from the police side, though their vehicle incurred damage after being hit by the vehicle carrying the FPI member, who opened fire.

However, the FPI denied claims that its members had attacked police officers on grounds that they were unarmed.

"FPI members do not have firearms. A shootout is impossible," Munarman, the general secretary of FPI, stated at a press conference.

Asserting that the fatal shooting was an extrajudicial killing, Munarman urged that an independent fact-finding team involving Komnas HAM be formed to uncover the truth behind the incident. Related news: Mystery continues to shroud shooting of FPI members
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