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article imageIndonesian security forces filmed torturing man

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 18, 2010 in World
Security forces in Indonesia were captured on video torturing an alleged separatist, burning his genitals and threatening to shoot him, say human rights activists. The man was later found dead.
A copy of 10-minute clip showing Werius Selenggen being questioned and tortured was obtained by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission. It appears that one of the interrogators did the filming with a mobile phone.
The clip shows Selenggen lying naked on a patch of gravel in the remote village of Puncak Jaya, in Papua. One interrogator steps on his chest as another asks where he and his friends have hidden weapons.
"Where did you put them? In the church? The woods? Along the river? In a pigsty? Tell me!" The Australian quoted the man as saying.
When Selenggen insists he doesn't know where to find weapons he is kicked in the stomach and a lit cigarette is stubbed out in his face.
He is then accused of lying and a soldier is ordered to burn the victim’s genitals. The Australian reported that Selenggen is heard screaming in agony.
A gun is also held to his mouth and he is threatened with being shot.
Matius Murib, of the National Commission on Human Rights, reported that Selenggen’s body was later found in a mountainous region in late 2009. He said the victim was a member of a local church council who had been accused of helping hide separatists and weapons.
Another person is threatened with a knife in the video.
A military spokesman confirmed the interrogators were soldiers.
Foreign journalists, human rights workers and academics are not allowed into the province of Papua, where security forces are accused of arbitrary imprisonment, torture and killings.
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