• Short Summary

    AN INDONESIAN MILITARY COURT PASSED SENTENCE ON WEDNESDAY ON 10 MEMBERS OF FORMER PRESIDENT SUKARNO'S PERSONAL BODYGUARDS FOR HAVING ATTEMPTED TO KIDNAP AND MURDER THE FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER, GENERAL A.

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    COURT BUILDING; TROOPS RING BUILDING; INTERIOR COURT, JUDGES TAKE THEIR SEATS; 10 ACCUSED INSIDE; JUDGE WEEPING WHILE SENTENCING THEM; PRISONERS WEEPING.




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    Background: AN INDONESIAN MILITARY COURT PASSED SENTENCE ON WEDNESDAY ON 10 MEMBERS OF FORMER PRESIDENT SUKARNO'S PERSONAL BODYGUARDS FOR HAVING ATTEMPTED TO KIDNAP AND MURDER THE FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER, GENERAL A.H. NASUTION, AND FOR HAVING MURDERED HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER AND HIS MILITARY AIDE. THE COURT BUILDING WAS SEALED OFF BY ARMED TROOPS, TANKS AND ARMOURED CARS AS THE JUDGES PASSED SENTENCES ON THE GUARDS.

    THE CRIMES WERE COMMITTED ON THE NIGHT THE COMMUNISTS TRIED TO SEIZE POWER IN INDONESIA ON OCTOBER 1, 1965. OF THE 10 ACCUSED, ONE NAMED CORPORAL HARGIOJONO, WAS CONDEMNED TO DEATH, HE TOLD THE CHIEF JUDGE LIEUTENANT-COLONEL SUKARKO, THAT HE WOULD ASK FOR CLEMENCY FROM THE INDONESIAN HEAD OF STATE. HIS APPEAL IS EXPECTED TO GO BEFORE ACTING PRESIDENT GENERAL SUHARTO.

    TWO OTHERS WERE GIVEN LIFE SENTENCES FOR THEIR PART IN RAIDING THE HOUSE OF GENERAL NASUTION, WHO IS NOW CHAIRMAN OF INDONESIA'S SUPREME POLICY-MAKING BODY, THE PEOPLE'S CONSULTATIVE CONGRESS. FIVE PRIVATES IN THE PARTY, WHICH SHOT GENERAL NASUTION'S SIX-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER SURYANI AFTER THE GENERAL ESCAPED OVER HIS GARDEN FENCE, RECEIVED JAIL TERMS OF 17 YEARS AND ONE OTHER WAS SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS. A DRIVER WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY AND FREED.

    THE TRIAL OF THE 10 GUARDS BEGAN LATE IN MARCH AND THEY WERE FOUND GUILTY LAST MONTH. WHEN IT COME TO PASSING SENTENCE ON WEDNESDAY, CHIEF JUDGE SUKARKO, WEPT UNASHAMEDLY.

    THE ACCUSED ALSO BURST INTO TEARS ON HEARING THEIR SENTENCES. ANOTHER 200 GUARDS ARE TO GO ON TRIAL CHARGED WITH MURDERING SIX GENERALS WHO WERE TAKEN FROM THEIR HOUSES AND SHOT AND SLASHED TO DEATH IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS OF THE ABORTIVE COUP.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA23QPW95U9KIO1V3AUHSRHEDSA
    Media URN:
    VLVA23QPW95U9KIO1V3AUHSRHEDSA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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