Saturday, April 28, 2012

Police and soldiers are meant to protect the country not shooting at each other

Nine police officers from the Gorontalo Police Mobile Brigade have been named suspects in a shootout with the military that left one soldier dead.

The police did not identify the suspects but said that one is a middle-ranked officer and eight are non-commissioned officers.

“Nine Brimob officers have been named suspects,” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Muhammad Taufik said on Friday, referring to the police’s Mobile Brigade. “They were the ones who fired the shots, and that’s a criminal violation.”

They have been detained and charged with a criminal offence, he said, adding that they also violated a professional ethics code.

Of their dismissal, he said: “We’ll have to wait for the court proceedings.”

“We’re speeding up the process of completing their dossiers,” he added. “The ballistics process is also still under way.”

Firman Baso, the officer who died on Thursday after Sunday’s shootout, was buried in Watampone Heroes Cemetery on Friday in his hometown of Bone, South Sulawesi, about 180 kilometers from the provincial capital Makassar. His death marked the first fatality in the violent brawl that injured five other soldiers and two police officers - Jakarta Globe