Indonesia Police Admit Using Snake to Terrorize Papuan Man

12 February, 2019, 10:27 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • The police involved have apologised for using a live snake as part of interrogation methods to deal with petty crime

One of the interrogators can be seen pushing the dark brown snake's head into the man's face as he weeps and cries hysterically.

Indonesian authorities have apologized and launched an investigation after police officers in the restive Papua province were seen draping a live snake around a suspect's neck to elicit a confession during an interrogation session.

Sky News reported police officers were trying to force the man to admit to stealing mobile phones.

The suspect later responds by saying, "Only two times".

At one stage, the officer appears to try to shove the snake into the man's mouth, while others are heard laughing in the background during the undated video.

During the video, a voice can be heard ordering the man to open his eyes and at one stage threatens to put the snake into his mouth and under his pants.

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Jayawijaya police chief Tonny Ananda Swadaya issued an apology, saying, "The investigator was not professional in doing his job".

"An officer is now being questioned by Papua police internal affairs division", Papua police spokesman Ahmad Mustofa Kamal told AFP today.

He also defended the use of the snake, and said the animal was "tame and non-venomous", according to the BBC. "Institutionally we do not recognise such an unprofessional method of interrogation, and we guarantee that such an inhuman method will not happen again in the future".

A lawyer, who advocates for human rights in Papua, Veronica Koman, said police often used snakes while interrogating Papuans, including those arrested for suspected separatist activities. The former Dutch colony was made a part of Indonesia after a widely criticized UN-backed referendum in 1969.

She said it was only the latest of several reports of police and military using snakes to terrorise Papuan detainees and symptomatic of a culture of racism against indigenous Papuans.

Police and military have carried out a sweeping crackdown on independence supporters after rebel fighters in December killed 19 people working on a construction site for the trans-Papua highway.

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