Viewing cable 06JAKARTA8389
Title: FORMER GAM MEMBER KILLED IN ACEH SHOOTING

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06JAKARTA83892006-07-05 10:46:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Jakarta
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SUBJECT: FORMER GAM MEMBER KILLED IN ACEH SHOOTING 
 
 
Classified By: Political Officer Eric W. Kneedler, reason: 1.4 (b) and 
(d). 
 
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SUMMARY 
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¶1. (C) A former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebel was reportedly 
shot and killed by members of the Indonesian Military (TNI) 
during the course of an apparent dispute over a traffic 
violation in Northern Aceh.  According to Aceh Monitoring 
Mission (AMM) head Peter Feith, AMM personnel were present at 
the time of the shooting, but no one from AMM was injured. 
Feith and police officials announced plans to investigate. 
Vice-President Kalla told the Ambassador July 5 that the 
incident is "manageable" and noted that the new Aceh Law had 
been approved in a special DPR committee that day.  Although 
the specific details of the shooting vary widely, it appears 
to have been an isolated incident that will be contained if 
handled properly.  End Summary. 
 
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TWO VERY DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE SAME INCIDENT 
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¶2. (C) AFP reporting quotes a local police spokesperson as 
saying the shooting took place while AMM members and soldiers 
were investigating the detention of a civilian by local 
military personnel in Keude Paya Bakong village.  (Note: the 
village is in the Lokseumawe area, several hours from Banda 
Aceh, on the road to Medan.  End Note)  The civilian 
reportedly had been arrested in front of a military post for 
speeding on a motorcycle and, according to AFP,s account, 
for allegedly carrying marijuana.  According to this version 
of the story, AMM officials, military officers and several 
former GAM members were being briefed on the arrest along 
with a group of civilians when gunmen opened fire.  Soldiers 
manning the post reportedly retaliated by shooting towards 
the gunmen, and an ex-GAM member was killed in the process; a 
policeman who was escorting the AMM officials and a civilian 
in the group were also wounded. 
 
¶3.  (C) According to the Jakarta Post, ex-GAM officials on 
the scene in their capacity as Aceh Transition Committee 
(KPA) members, as well as local civilians, related a 
contrasting version of the incident.  The Jakarta Post 
reports local residents claimed the KPA members arrived at 
the scene to assist a civilian that was being beaten by 
soldiers after he was detained for speeding on his 
motorcycle.  The KPA,s official spokesperson, Sofyan Dawood, 
confirmed two KPA members were present at the time of the 
incident, but denied they were responsible for initiating the 
shooting. 
 
¶4.  (C) The Ambassador raised the incident with 
Vice-President Kalla during a July 5 meeting.  Kalla replied 
that such problems arise because some former GAM personnel 
forget that they are no longer "heroes" while TNI personnel 
at times forget that their powers are not what they were 
before implementation of the peace agreement.  Kalla said 
that military police and the AMM would conduct an 
investigation and that they would await those results.  He 
judged the incident as manageable.  Kalla noted that the 
Special Committee in Parliament dealing with the new Aceh law 
had come to agreement that afternoon, and that he expects the 
draft to pass in plenary without a problem. 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶5.  (C) Our contacts in TNI and the NGO community have not 
been able to flesh out the exact details of the shooting, so 
there is still much that is not yet known about what exactly 
took place.  While the incident is a serious one, it does not 
appear to jeopardize the positive momentum of the peace 
process. 
PASCOE