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Amnesty International Urges Indonesia To Stop Executions

August 23, 1985

LONDON (AP) _ Amnesty International said Friday it had received reports that three political prisoners were secretly killed by firing squad last month in Indonesia, and it had appealed to President Suharto to stop all executions in the Asian nation.

The independent London-based human rights organization said the three prisoners, all members of the Indonesia Communist Party, reportedly were executed after spending more than 16 years in jail.

They were charged with complicity in an abortive coup in Indonesia in 1965.

On Tuesday, Amnesty press officer David Laulicht announced reports of the executions after rumors reached the Netherlands, Indonesia’s former colonial ruler, and prompted press inquiries.

Laulicht identified the men as Gatot Lestario, Djoko Untung and Rustomo, for whom he said he had no second name. The spokesman said news of the three executions came ″through sources we consider reliable.″

Amnesty, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 and has made political prisoners worldwide its special concern, noted Friday that another long-term Communist Party prisoner, Mohammed Munir, was executed last May.

The execution of Munir, a leader of the 1965 and 1967 Communist rebellions, prompted the Parliament of the European Common Market to pass a resolution condemning what it called a ″cold-blooded execution and political murder.″

Amnesty, which seeks the abolition of capital punishment throughout the world, said Friday that more than two dozen other imprisoned Indonesian Communist Party members are under death sentences.

It said that one of them, Ruslan Widjayasastra, could be in imminent danger of execution. Amnesty said he is accused of involvement in the abortive 1965 coup, and said it is believed his final appeal for clemency was rejected last year.

Amnesty said the recent executions of Communist Party members in Indonesia were the first there in more than 10 years. It said they took place despite informal assurances by Indonesian authorities to other governments in 1980 and 1984 that no prisoners accused of involvement in the rebellions would be put to death.

The Indonesian Embassy in London has said it has no information about the reported executions.

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