Fri, 30 Nov 2001

D'ai told a lie: Activist

JAKARTA: Human rights activist Andi Arief has claimed that new National Police chief Comr. Gen. Da'i Bachtiar lied when he was a National Police spokesman in 1998.

"Da'i, as well as former Indonesian Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Wahab Mokodongan and former Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Nurfaizi, said on April 25, 1998, that the police was responsible for my abduction," said Andi, who was kidnapped on March 28, 1998.

He told reporters on Wednesday that it was the Tim Mawar (Rose Team) from the Army's Special Force (Kopassus) that had kidnapped him.

Andi said that he was abducted by Kopassus when he was in Lampung and was later handed over to the National Police on April 17, 1998.--JP