Abdullah Mahmud Hendropriyono

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A.M. Hendropriyono
Head of the Indonesian State Intelligence Agency (BIN)
In office
9 August 2001 – 8 December 2004
PresidentMegawati Soekarnoputri
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Preceded byArie J. Kumaat (Head Of BAKIN)
Succeeded bySyamsir Siregar
Chairman of Indonesian Justice and Unity Party
In office
28 August 2016[1] – 13 May 2018[2]
Preceded bySutiyoso
Isran Noor (acting)
Personal details
Born (1945-05-07) 7 May 1945 (age 74)
Japan Yogyakarta, Japanese Indies
RelationsAndika Perkasa (son-in-law)
ChildrenDiah Erwiany Hendropriyono
Rony Hendropriyono
Diaz Faisal Malik Hendropriyono
Alma materIndonesian Military Academy, Class of 1967
Military service
Allegiance Indonesia
Branch/serviceInsignia of the Indonesian Army.svg Indonesian Army
Years of service1967–2000
RankPdu jendtni staf.png General TNI

Abdullah Mahmud Hendropriyono (/hɛnˌdrpri.ˈn/ (About this soundlisten) hen-DROH-pree-oh-NOH; born 7 May 1945) is a retired honorary general from Kopassus, the Indonesian Army special forces group. Hendropriyono was the first head of Indonesia's State Intelligence Agency (BIN), and was general chairman of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI).


A.M. Hendropriyono’s primary school education began at SR Muhammadiyah in Kemayoran, Jakarta, and continued at SR Negeri on Lematang Street in Jakarta. For his secondary education he attended State Junior High School Number 5, Section B (science track) on Dr. Sutomo Street in Jakarta, and graduated from State High School Number 2, Section B (science track) on Gajah Mada Street in Jakarta.[3]

Higher Education[edit]

A.M. Hendropriyono’s general education includes becoming a graduate of Administration from the State Administrative Science College (STIA-LAN), a Law Graduate from the Military Law College (STHM), a graduate in Economics from the Open University (UT) in Jakarta, a graduate in industrial engineering from Jenderal Ahmad Yani University (Unjani) in Bandung, earning a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of the City of Manila in the Philippines, earning a master's degree in law from STHM, and in July 2009 earning a Doctorate Degree at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta with a Cum Laude distinction. On May 7, 2014, he was officially bestowed the title of Professor of Intelligence by the State Intelligence College.[4] He is the first and only Professor of Intelligence in the world.[5] For this accomplishment, he was entered into the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI).[6] This appointment was made in line with Decree of the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture No. 2576f/A4.3/KP/2014.

Governmental career[edit]

Hendropriyono served as Director of the Indonesian State Intelligence Agency between 2001 and 2004.[7]

President-elect Joko Widodo named Hendropriyono an adviser of his transition team on 9 August 2014.[8]

Military service[edit]

Hendropriyono is alleged to have been involved in the murder of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib in September 2004 and in the 1989 Talangsari tragedy that left many Lampung civilians dead, wounded or missing.[9][10][11][12] It was here he gained the nickname "The Butcher of Lampung".[9] 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."[11] 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.[9] 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.[13][14]

  • Finally, Sudi Silalahi, the Cabinet Secretary during the term of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), announced the legal measures which were taken by the government and law enforcement authorities to follow up on the final report of the Fact-Finding Team (TPF) in the Munir case and stated that AM Hendropriyono had no connection to the case. "Regarding the recommendation of the TPF which mentioned the possible involvement of Mr. AM Hendropriyono, from the findings of the preliminary and criminal investigations (which were conducted) of the witnesses, of those who were charged and convicted, and of the available evidence, no connection was found to Mr. AM Hendropriyono," said former Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi during a press conference held in Cikeas, West Java, on Tuesday (October 25, 2016).[15][16][17]


  1. ^ "KLB, PKPI Kukuhkan Hendropriyono sebagai Ketua Umum". SINDOnews.com (in Indonesian). 28 August 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ Jordan, Ray (14 May 2018). "Jokowi Hadiri KLB PKPI Penetapan Anak Hendropriyono Jadi Ketum". detiknews (in Indonesian). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  3. ^ Adiityarani, Ratri (23 October 2010). "Profil Abdullah Makhmud Hendropriyono". Merdeka.com. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  4. ^ dic (7 May 2014). "Hendropriyono awarded professorship on intelligence". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  5. ^ Setiawan, Aries (7 May 2004). "Hendropriyono Jadi Guru Besar Intelijen Pertama di Dunia". [[Visi Media Asia]. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ mad, nrl (7 May 2014). "Jadi 'Mahaguru' Intelijen Pertama di Dunia, Hendropriyono Masuk MURI". DetikCom. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  7. ^ "State intelligence chief Hendropriyono quits". The Jakarta Post. 23 October 2004. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Hendropriyono's appointment raises eyebrows". The Jakarta Post. 10 August 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d 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. ^ Aritonang, Margareth S. (11 August 2014). "Controversial Hendropriyono gets transition team support". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  11. ^ a b Osman, Nurfika (10 September 2011). "WikiLeaks US Cables Point to BIN Role in Munir Murder". Jakarta Globe. Archived from the original on 6 September 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  12. ^ Aritonang, Margareth S. (26 August 2014). "Jokowi-Kalla aims to set up human rights court". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  13. ^ "As Indonesia's New President Takes Office, Cabinet Includes Officials Tied to Atrocities of Old". Democracy Now. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  14. ^ Nairn, Allan (27 October 2014). "Gen. Hendropriyono Admits 'Command Responsibility' in Munir Assassination". allannairn.org. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Tindak Lanjut TPF Munir yang Diserahkan ke SBY: Hendropriyono Tak Terlibat". detiknews. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  16. ^ Media, Adib M. Asfar-Solopos Digital. "KASUS MUNIR : Inilah Klarifikasi Kubu SBY Soal Hendropriyono & Muchdi PR". SOLOPOS.com. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  17. ^ JAWAPOS.COM. "Kasus Munir, Anak Buah Prabowo Minta Jangan Tuduh Hendropriyono". Jawa Pos. Retrieved 2016-11-02.

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