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Anti-terror police

Elite Indonesian police unit under fire over torture, unlawful killings

Members of Detachment 88. Photo: AFP

An elite police unit on the front line of Indonesia's lauded terrorism crackdown is raising concerns that it is instead fuelling the jihadist cause, as it faces allegations of torture and unlawful killings.

Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 2:41am

Indonesian police officers held over beatings in video posted on YouTube

Soldiers from Indonesia's elite Detachment 88 anti-terror brigade pin a suspect to the ground. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Five Indonesian policemen have been arrested over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed suspects being shot and abused. The blurry 14-minute video, also posted by several Islamic groups on their websites, depicts officers forcing a man to strip to his underwear before they shoot him, apparently in the chest.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:16am

Indonesia probes anti-terror police ‘torture’

Detachment 88, set up after the 2002 Bali bombings, has been on the frontline of a crackdown on terrorism that has weakened key militant networks. Photo: AFP

Indonesian police said on Tuesday they would question dozens of anti-terror officers over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed a suspect being shot and others abused.

5 Mar 2013 - 2:57pm