A. M. Hendropriyono

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Abdullah Mahmud Hendropriyono (About this sound pronunciation ; hehn-DRO-pree-o-NOH[needs IPA]; born 7 May 1945 in Yogyakarta) is a retired four-star general from Kopassus, the Indonesian Army special forces group. He is nicknamed "The Butcher of Lampung".[1]

Career[edit]

Military service[edit]

Hendropriyono is alleged to have been involved in the murder of human rights activist Munir in September 2004 and in the 1989 Talangsari tragedy that left many Lampung civilians dead, wounded or missing.[2][3][4][5] It was here he gained the nickname "The Butcher of Lampung".[6] A United States diplomatic cables leak alleged that Hendropriyono "chaired two meetings at which Munir’s assassination was planned" and a witness at those meetings told police that "only the time and method of the murder changed from the plans he heard discussed; original plans were to kill Munir in his office."[7] When Hendropriyono was appointed to the National Intelligence Board (BIN, or Badan Intelijen Nasional) the appointment was bitterly condemned by Munir who was guiding an investigation into Hendropriyono's role in human rights abuses for a prosecution.[8] Hendropriyono was summoned for questioning by a presidential fact-finding team, but he refused to comply with the investigation. Recommendations by the team for Hendropriyono’s prosecution were completely ignored by the police and the attorney general’s office.[9] In 2014 Hendropriyono admitted to journalist Allan Nairn that he bore command responsibility for Munir Said Thalib's assassination, and he was ready to accept being put on trial.[10][11]

Civilian service[edit]

Hendropriyono served as Director of the Indonesian State Intelligence Agency between 2001 and 2004.[12]

President-elect Joko Widodo named Hendropriyono an adviser of his transition team on 9 August 2014.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tibke, Patrick (2 September 2014). "Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Tibke, Patrick (2 September 2014). "Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Aritonang, Margareth S. (11 August 2014). "Controversial Hendropriyono gets transition team support". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Osman, Nurfika (10 September 2011). "WikiLeaks US Cables Point to BIN Role in Munir Murder". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Aritonang, Margareth S. (26 August 2014). "Jokowi-Kalla aims to set up human rights court". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Tibke, Patrick (2 September 2014). "Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Osman, Nurfika (10 September 2011). "WikiLeaks US Cables Point to BIN Role in Munir Murder". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Tibke, Patrick (2 September 2014). "Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Tibke, Patrick (2 September 2014). "Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "As Indonesia’s New President Takes Office, Cabinet Includes Officials Tied to Atrocities of Old". Democracy Now. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Nairn, Allan (27 October 2014). "Gen. Hendropriyono Admits 'Command Responsibility' in Munir Assassination". allannairn.org. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "State intelligence chief Hendropriyono quits". The Jakarta Post. 23 October 2004. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hendropriyono's appointment raises eyebrows". The Jakarta Post. 10 August 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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