Viewing cable 06JAKARTA4757
Title: MUNIR CASE: AMBASSADOR SIGNALS CONTINUED U.S.

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06JAKARTA47572006-04-13 12:14:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Jakarta
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 JAKARTA 004757 
 
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DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, AND DRL 
 
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SUBJECT: MUNIR CASE: AMBASSADOR SIGNALS CONTINUED U.S. 
FOCUS ON JUSTICE; WIDOW PLANS SECOND VISIT TO DC 
 
REF: A. 05 JAKARTA 16710 - POLLYCARPUS CONVICTED 
     ¶B. 05 JAKARTA 15680 AND PREVIOUS 
 
Classified By: POLITICAL OFFICER MARK D. CLARK, REASON 1.6 X6. 
 
Summary 
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¶1.  (S) In an April 11 meeting intended to signal continued 
U.S. concern over the Munir case, Suciwati, the widow of the 
murdered human rights campaigner, told the Ambassador of her 
plan to visit Washington in late April as part of a schedule 
organized by U.S. human rights groups.  The visit would 
include consultations on the Hill.  The Ambassador encouraged 
Suciwati to call on the State Department, as she did last 
year, and to remain focused on her goal of justice for Munir. 
 Suciwati and four accompanying human rights advocates 
described impediments to the on-going police investigation 
ranging from alleged obstruction of justice to lack of 
commitment on the part of senior police officials.  The 
activists remained convinced of the guilt of former National 
Intelligence Agency (BIN) officials Hendropriyono and Muchdi 
Purwopranjono, and alleged that Cabinet Secretary Sudi 
Silalahi had stated that these same BIN figures orchestrated 
the May 2005 Tentena bombing in Central Sulawesi.  The lead 
police investigator told us that an "intensive" investigation 
continued but in a confidential manner due to the nature of 
the suspects, and that building a solid case would require 
more time.  The Ambassador pressed Presidential Advisor Dino 
Djalal on the importance of moving forward with the 
investigation and uncovering the conspiracy.  End Summary. 
 
Ambassador Invites Suciwati 
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¶2.  (SBU) The Ambassador invited Suciwati to the Embassy on 
April 11 to discuss the investigation into her husband's 
murder by poisoning in September 2004, as well as her future 
steps.  Suciwati chose four leading human rights activists to 
join her:  Usman Hamid of the NGO Kontras; Rachland Nashidik 
of the NGO Imparsail; Rafendi Djamin of the Human Rights 
Coalition; and Binny Buchori of Infid.  The Ambassador 
recalled his initial meeting with Suciwati in November 2004, 
and reiterated U.S. support for justice in this case, 
exemplified by the strong statement issued after the December 
2005 conviction of Garuda Airlines pilot Pollycarpus.  The 
Ambassador noted that we had conveyed our concerns to 
President Yudhoyono and National Police Chief Sutanto, as 
well as other officials responsible for the case. 
 
Washington Travel in Late April 
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¶3.  (SBU) Suciwati explained that she would travel to the 
U.S. on or about April 23 to keep international attention on 
the case.  (She went to Washington in June 2005.)  Human 
Rights First and Human Rights Watch would organize the visit, 
which would include stops in Washington, New York, the 
University of Ohio and locations with sizable Indonesian 
communities.  In Washington, Suciwati intended to meet 
members and staff in Congress, and ask whether they had a 
response from President Yudhoyono to their letter earlier 
this year.  While still forming her approach, Suciwati 
thought that the U.S. could bring pressure to bear by 
reexamining assistance to Indonesian police and military. 
The Ambassador recommended that Suciwati call on State 
Department officials (in G, DRL and EAP), as she had in her 
last visit, and promised to inform the Department.  He also 
advised her to refrain from calling for restrictions on U.S. 
assistance and to remain focused on the objective of 
achieving justice for her husband's murder. 
 
Disappointed With Probe 
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¶4.  (SBU) Suciwati and the human rights leaders voiced 
disappointment in the apparent lack of progress in the 
investigation since the conviction of Pollycarpus in 
December.  They complained of receiving "only political 
statements, not concrete action," despite President 
Yudhoyono's public and private commitment to justice in this 
case. 
Convinced of Hendro, Muchdi Guilt 
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¶5.  (S) The activists, two of whom served on the 
president-appointed Fact Finding Team (TPF), confirmed they 
remained convinced that former BIN officials Hendropriyono 
and Muchdi Purwopranjono had plotted the crime.  In addition 
to the documented cell phone contacts between Pollycarpus and 
Muchdi, prior to the conclusion of the TPF's mandate a BIN 
member had provided the Palace with written evidence of 
Hendropriyono's knowledge and approval of plans to kill Munir 
and details of various methods, including poisoning.  The 
document also mentioned the possible involvement of Garuda 
employees.  (Comment:  In July 2005, a well-established 
police contact provided us with a similar account of this 
document.  End Comment.) 
 
Allegations Against Senior Police Officials 
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¶6.  (S) The activists questioned whether Yudhoyono could rely 
on the police to conclude the investigation, and argued for 
some independent, legally empowered inquiry or monitoring 
mechanism.  They alleged that senior police officials in the 
Criminal Investigative Division (CID) had actively obstructed 
justice or not supported the investigation.  Reportedly, 
current CID chief Makbul Padmanagara had stymied the earlier 
investigative phase led by Marsudhi Hanafi, with Makbul 
declaring himself a friend of Hendropriyono and warning that 
Makbul must approve of actions and findings in the case. 
Makbul attempted to block evidence implicating BIN officials, 
including incriminating telephone records.  Makbul eventually 
had Marsudhi transferred to a job without portfolio.  The 
activists stated that Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi had 
opposed Makbul's promotion as CID chief, which took place 
before Yudhoyono could name Sutanto as the new National 
Police Chief.  In addition to links with Hendropriyono, 
Makbul reportedly had strong ties to Megawati's opposition 
Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle (PDI-P). 
 
¶7.  (S) The activists described Makbul's deputy, Gories Mere, 
as not sufficiently committed to the case.  Dealing with many 
urgent issues, Gories allegedly viewed the case as not among 
the highest priorities, particularly given the political 
obstacles.  Surya Dharma, the new director of CID's 
Directorate I, which has charge of the case, also had 
obstructed the investigation at an earlier phase and could 
not be trusted.  Anton Charilyan, head of the field 
investigation, remained credible and committed, but did not 
hold a sufficiently senior position.  (Comment:  In mid-2005, 
Anton reportedly received a quiet award from the Palace for 
refusing a suitcase of cash, offered to him personally by 
Hendropriyono in a Jakarta hotel room.  End Comment.)  They 
saw National Police Chief Sutanto as misinformed, misled, or 
uninterested in the matter. 
 
Tentena Bombing 
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¶8.  (S) The activists alleged that Sudi Silalahi had stated 
that former BIN senior officials Hendropriyono and Muchdi had 
orchestrated the May 2005 Tentena bombing in Central 
Sulawesi, allegedly as a warning against proceeding further 
with the probe and prosecutions.  (Comment:  The 
investigation into the Tentena bombing has not achieved 
results and currently authorities do not hold anyone in 
connection with the attack, which killed 21 people.  End 
Comment).  The former TPF members reiterated claims that an 
angered Sudi had asked at that time (May/June 2005) if the 
TPF could arrest the two former BIN officials.  (Comment: The 
suggestion appears far-fetched, given that TPF could not 
compel testimony from witnesses or suspects, let alone effect 
an arrest.  End Comment.) 
 
Police Investigator: Proceeding Quietly, Need More Time 
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¶9.  (S) We met lead investigator Anton Charilyan (protect) on 
March 22.  He expressed confidence he would have two or three 
formal suspects ready to announce in some two months time. 
We touched base with Anton Charilyan again on April 12 and 
noted that Suciwati had spoken with the Ambassador.  Anton 
responded via cell phone text message, as follows: 
 
"Regarding the (Munir) case, up until this moment we are 
still carrying out the investigation in an intensive manner, 
 
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but we are doing this in a very confidential way because we 
are not up against ordinary people (suspects).  Suci, on the 
other hand, wants us to announce each development.  If this 
is carried out like the last investigation phase, only as a 
means to bolster the personal popularity of certain 
individuals, then in the end it will reveal to (our) 
opponents the every step of the police investigation.  We 
have already uncovered the basic outline of the story, but we 
are still attempting to find supportive witnesses and other 
evidence, very minimal up until now, so that our conclusions 
can stand as a credible legal case later in court.  And this 
work, of course, cannot be completed in a short period of 
time.  Moreover, if there is a set deadline for completing 
the investigation, this will really create difficulties for 
us." 
 
Ambassador Presses Presidential Advisor 
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¶10.  (S) On April 12, the Ambassador raised U.S. attention to 
the Munir case with Presidential advisor Dino Djalal, noting 
his second meeting with Suciwati at the Embassy and her plan 
to travel to Washington.  The Ambassador pressed Djalal on 
the importance of a credible investigation that leads to 
uncovering of the conspiracy and appropriate justice. 
 
Comment 
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¶11.  (S) We intended this latest meeting with Suciwati to 
signal to the GOI and others our continued attention to the 
Munir investigation, as well as to hear Suciwati's views and 
those of the human rights community.  We will continue to 
discuss the case with senior GOI interlocutors, including the 
National Police Chief.  In Washington, Suciwati will likely 
echo the sentiments she expressed to the Ambassador, painting 
a dark picture of the on-going investigation and expressing 
her distrust of the police.  Her meetings in the State 
Department will present another important opportunity to 
convey continued U.S. concern for justice for her husband's 
murder. 
PASCOE