January 31, 1999
BBC World News
An Indonesian court has sentenced an army officer to
six years in jail for causing serious injuries to several
civilian detainees in the northern province of Aceh.
The officer, Major Bayu Najib, was also dismissed from
The case concerns the beating and torture of a number
of civilians earlier this month during a military operation
to capture a local rebel leader.
Four of those detained died after the beatings.
Another four soldiers are on trial in connection with the
case, and the army has said that altogether nearly thirty
will face courts martial.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service