Former Activist for Munir Comments on Berkarya Party

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  • Activist unfurled a poster while attending the parole hearing of the decision to Pollycarpus in PTUN, Jakarta (7/29). TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    Activist unfurled a poster while attending the parole hearing of the decision to Pollycarpus in PTUN, Jakarta (7/29). TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Former Secretary of the Solidarity Action Committee for Munir, Choirul Anam said that he is pleased that Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto -convicted killer of human rights defender Munir- is actively participating in the Berkarya Party established by Tommy Soeharto.

    Tommy Soeharto is the son of second Indonesian president who held office for 31 years Soeharto.

    “We are glad that Pollycarpus has reappeared. His whereabouts can now be detected,” said Choirul on Friday, March 9.

    According to Choirul, Pollycarpus can utilize his intelligence skills by actively participating in a political party. “What’s more dangerous is if he never reappears,” said Choirul.

    Read: Mastermind Behind the Murder of Activist Munir Remains Unknown

    and: Tommy Suharto: The New Order is a Reference

    Pollycarpus was imprisoned for eight years and eleven months after he was found guilty of murdering Munir Said Thalib onboard a Garuda Indonesia flight to the Netherlands on September 7, 2004. Pollycarpus was one of the airline’s pilots who was also onboard the flight with Munir. 

    Other controversial names that are members of the Berkarya Party is Muchdi Purwoprandjono, who acts as the party’s honorary council chairman. The former State Intelligence Agency (BIN) member was once named as a defendant for carrying out the order to murder Munir. He was eventually freed from all charges.

    “The new political party that accepted Pollycarpus and Muchdi will be perceived as a party that has opened its doors for those kinds of people,” said Choirul. However, Choirul maintained that the involvement of both men in the political realm is their right as a citizen.

    FADIYAH