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'Trigger-happy' Indonesian police target petty criminals in shooting spree before Asian Games

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'Trigger-happy' Indonesian police target petty criminals in shooting spree before Asian Games

Email 'Trigger-happy' Indonesian police target petty criminals in shooting spree before Asian Games

Updated July 17, 2018 10:16:58

Alleged petty criminals paraded before the media. Photo: Alleged petty criminals, many with bandages from being shot, have been paraded before the media. (Supplied) Related Story: Villagers slaughter hundreds of crocodiles in West Papua Related Story: Indonesian police name captain, three officials as suspects in deadly ferry disaster Related Story: Po rnography charges against Indonesian cleric dropped Map: Indonesia

Jakarta police have shot 52 alleged petty criminals, killing 11, in a two-week blitz aimed at making the city presentable ahead of next month's Asian Games.

Key points:

  • Dozens shot and 11 killed as part of crackdown
  • Crackdown ridiculous and "illegal", says Amnesty
  • Indonesia to host 45 nations in the Asian Games

Indonesia is playing host to 45 Asian nations who will compete in the games and police do not want any criminal incidents to tarnish the event.

Since the start of the month, officers have arrested 320 people, shooting dozens of them in the legs.

Some of those wounded have been paraded before the media, their legs still bandaged, in an apparent warning to any criminals considering targeting tourists.

The blitz on petty crime will run for another two weeks, ahead of the opening ceremony on August 18.

Jakarta's police chief says the fatal shootings will be reviewed but he has made no apology for the "firm measures".

Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium Photo: Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, Jakarta where some Asian Games events will be held.

"I've ordered all chief of detectives to conduct raids against all the thugs, bag snatchers, muggers and violent thieves … so Jakarta can remain safe and under control," said inspector-general Idham Aziz.

"I've also ordered all the teams not to hesitate, to take firm measures when these criminals endanger people and threaten the wellbeing of the officers."

Senior police have been spurred on by Indonesia 's national police chief, General Tito Karnavian.

"The most important thing I expect is results," said General Tito.

"If a crime occurs during this month and officers are not able to close the case then I'll replace them because this means they can't do their job and I will offer the job to someone else who can."

Shootings 'violation … under international law'

Jakarta Police Chief Inspector-General Idham Aziz holds a press conference in front of prisoners. Photo: Jakarta Police Chief Inspector-General Idham Aziz holds a press conference in front of prisoners. (Supplied)

Amnesty International Indonesia's executive director Usman Hamid has condemned the police approach as & quot;ridiculous".

"These shootings are in violation of Indonesia's obligations under international law," said Mr Usman.

"This is also in breach of Indonesia's constitution and Indonesia's principal of the rule of law … so it has to be stopped."

He is concerned about an increasingly "trigger-happy" police force in Indonesia.

He points to statements from senior officials, including President Joko Widodo in recent years, advocating a hard-line approach to crime-fighting in the wake of the Philippines's brutal and often indiscriminate war on drugs.

"In the beginning we were just thinking this was just part of public officials seeking popular support in their rhetoric, but over time it started to be a reality."

Families    pose with mascot's of the Asian Games Photo: The opening ceremony of the Asian Games will be held on August 18. (Supplied)

Topics: police, world-politics, indonesia

First posted July 17, 2018 06:08:08

Source: Google News Network: Liputan 24 English | Berita 24 English | Warta 24 English | Netizen 24 Indonesia

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