TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid on Friday criticized the Defense Ministry’s echelon 1 officials rotation led by Minister Prabowo Subianto. Usman claimrf six people appointed into the ministry were affiliated with the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) known as Tim Mawar (Rose Team).
“Through the Defense Minister’s move, many will deem President Jokowi and the House of Representatives (DPR) as not keeping their promises. Especially [their promises] to investigate cases related to activist kidnapping and human rights violations in the past,” said Usman on September 25.
The newly-appointed officials are; Maj. Gen. Budi Prijono, First Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Brig. Gen. Dadang Hendrayudha, Air Vice Marshal Julexi Tambayong, Maj. Gen. Joko Supriyanto, and Brig. Gen. Yulius Selvanus.
The “Tim Mawar”—according to Tempo Magazine’s December 1998 investigation reports—was assembled by Maj. Inf. Bambang Kristiono in July 1997 and consisted of 11 members. Several of them were appointed into the ministry.
This team has been publicly accused of being responsible for the kidnappings and disappearances of activists in the late 90s. Their case was handled by the military court.