PDIP Accuses SBY Involved at 27 July 1996 Attack

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  • Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). Tempo/Budiarti Utami Putri

    Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). Tempo/Budiarti Utami Putri

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) secretary general Hasto Kristiyanto said Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) had an important role in the 27 July 1996 incident.

    Hasto said his party had recorded several findings on rights violation committed by SBY, based on the party’s internal team investigating the attack in the Indonesian Democratic Party headquarter on Jl. Diponegoro, Menteng, Jakarta.

    The findings revealed that many special meetings were conducted ahead of the 27 July 1996 attack. “Between June 26 until July 24, 1996, multiple meetings took place to plan the attack by PDI Soerjadi fraction with military authority and political advisers,” as quoted from the first point of the findings.

    The next point, PDIP believed the meeting on July 24, 1996, in Kodam Jaya office (Jakarta military command area) resulting on the attack that was led by SBY who was the Kodam Jaya chief od staff.

    The case was not revealed yet after 22 years, said Hasto, and that SBY should inform the public regarding the massacre. “We also know his position at that time–of course, he understands the incident which should be made public,” he said in the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) office, Thursday, July 16.

    Hasto mentioned after the visit to Komnas HAM office, his team would submit an official report to quicken the establishment of a special team to investigate cases of human rights violation.