Wed, 15 Mar 2000

Brimob sergeant punished

BANDUNG: A member of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) here was sentenced to 21 days detention for his involvement in illegal ammunition and gun sales to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), West Java Police spokesman Maj. Dade Ahmad said here on Tuesday.

Dade said the planned promotion of Sgt. Prabowo would also be delayed for one year. He denied rumors that Prabowo would be demoted for the offense.

Prabowo was arrested on Feb. 21 by South Jakarta Police detectives in the uncovering of a gun sales syndicate to GAM.

Jakarta Police chief Maj. Gen. Nurfaizi announced the South Jakarta Police's success early this month. He said that a large number of rifles and thousands of bullets were seized and that military personnel were involved in the business. (25/sur)