The Head of the Central Sulawesi Regional Police, Inspector General of Police Rudy Sufahriadi on Wednesday (2/3) conveyed the results of a ballistic test conducted by the Forensic Laboratory Division (Bidlabfor) of the South Sulawesi Police to reveal the perpetrators of the shooting that killed a protester in the village of Khatulistiwa, Tinombo Selatan District, Parigi Regency. Moutong, last Saturday (12/2).
Based on the results of the ballistic test, it was found that there was a match with the bullet or comparison projectile fired from an organic firearm type HS-9 pistol serial number H239748 which was held by a member of the Parigi Moutong Police Station.
“On behalf of the holder of Bripka H, a non-commissioned officer at the Parigi Moutong Police, Central Sulawesi Police. Likewise, the results of the DNA test from the blood sample found in the projectile with the victim’s blood were identical,” said Inspector General of Police Rudy Sufahriadi at the Police College in Jakarta.
Bripka H, according to Rudy, has been named a suspect in the shooting incident of a protester in Parigi Moutong on behalf of Erfaldi alias Aldi (21) a resident of Tada village, South Tinombo, Parigi Moutong Regency. The incident occurred when the police, Saturday (12/2) night, attempted to forcefully disperse the action of closing the trans Sulawesi axis road by the masses during a demonstration against gold mining. The action of closing the road in the village of Equator, South Tinombo District caused a long traffic jam of up to seven kilometers.
The alleged article is Article 359 of the Criminal Code, which carries a maximum imprisonment of five years.
Investigators from the Ditreskrimum of the Central Sulawesi Police have examined 14 people including Bripka H and secured evidence in the form of a projectile, a yellow jacket, a navy blue T-shirt and 3 sleeves.
“We will professionally deal with members who are guilty of committing violations, violating the SOPs that have been set by the National Police Chief. Hopefully this will be the last time this has happened in the Indonesian National Police,” promised Inspector General Rudy Sufahriadi.
Corrections for Polres and Polda
The Head of the National Police Public Relations Division, Inspector General Pol Dedi Prasetyo, ensures that any criminal offenses committed by members of the National Police will be dealt with firmly. According to him, the shooting incident of a protester in Parigi Moutong is a correction for all Polres and Polda so that in securing and serving protesters, all POLRI members are not allowed to carry firearms and live ammunition.
“Please emphasize that incidents like this don’t happen again in the future,” said Inspector General Pol Dedi Prasetyo, who reminded all members of the National Police to comply with applicable laws and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Head of the Central Sulawesi Komnas HAM Representative Office, Dedi Askary, stated that the legal process for the shooting that killed a protester in Parigi Moutong should not only stop at the Bripka H, but must also demand tiered accountability from the police leadership at the Parigi Moutong Police.
“The level or ranks of the Kasat (Unit Head) and the Police Chief must also be held accountable for the actions of their subordinates. Institutionally, the Police should have taken quick, important and strategic steps in relation to removing the invisible and the Parigi Moutong Police Chief,” said Dedi Askary.
The Representative Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Central Sulawesi encourages that the legal process against the perpetrators is not only carried out through the Police ethics trial but also in the general court. [yl/jm]