Published: Mon, February 11, 2019

VIDEO of Indonesian Police Using Snake to Torture Suspect Goes VIRAL

VIDEO of Indonesian Police Using Snake to Torture Suspect Goes VIRAL

Diaz said the snake was tame and had been kept as a pet at the Jayawijaya police station for some time to scare drunkards, who often caused trouble in the neighbourhood.

The video, filmed in the far eastern island province of Papua, shows a seated and restrained man being questioned by officers while a snake is draped around his shoulders and its head pushed toward his face, Reuters reported.

"How many times have you stolen a mobile phone?" he yells at the unidentified suspected thief, who appears to be cowering in fear. The unidentified voice also threatens to put the snake in the suspect's mouth and down his trousers.

Police have reportedly apologised for using the snake but said it was not venomous.

"We have taken stern action against the personnel", Tonny Ananda Swadaya reportedly said in a statement, adding that the officers had not physically beaten the man.

"The snake was tame and not poisonous or risky and the incident was their own idea so they could get admission of guilt as quick as possible", Swadaya said in a statement.

"The method is wrong and we have apologised", he said, adding that one officer had been disciplined.

Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said the case was being investigated by the internal affairs unit.

"We apologise for the incident", he told AP.

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. "Institutionally we do not recognize such an unprofessional method of interrogation, and we guarantee that such an inhuman method will not happen again in the future". However, separatist sentiments have been present ever since.

Security forces have been accused of human rights abuses while conducting counter-insurgency operations.

Indonesian police and military have implemented a crackdown on independence activists after a December incident when separatist fighters killed 19 labourers on a construction site for the trans-Papua highway.

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