Subject: AN: Wahid stands up for military over rights abuses

President stands up for military over rights abuses


Jakarta, 10th March: President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Friday he could not totally accept the wishes of many parties to put the blame on the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) for the alleged human right abuses in East Timor.

"I could not accept if the military is blamed (for last year's mass violence) in East Timor, so that it must be wiped and punished," the president said after signing a document on the establishment of Joint Movement for the Indonesian Micro-Financial Development at the State Palace.

The head of state said the innocent militarymen could not be punished.

"Those found guilty must be punished, but the innocent ones must not," he said at the function also attended by Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Basri Hasanuddin, State Minister for Social Services Anak Agung Gde Agung and State Minister for Women's Empowerment Kofifah Indar Parawangsa...

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