Indonesian police use snake to scare Papuan man

Indonesia Cops Drape Snake Around Neck Of Suspect To Persuade Confession

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.

Tonny Ananda Swadaya, a police chief in Paupua's Jayawijaya region, issued a statement apologizing for the interrogation methods after details of the incident emerged.

Police asked the suspect how many times he had stolen cell phones as he writhed on the ground and screamed in fear.

"The investigator was not professional in doing his job", Swadaya admitted.

Indonesian police have apologised and pledged disciplinary action after officers draped a live snake around the neck of a suspect to persuade him to confess during an interrogation session in the easternmost area of Papua. He also stressed that the officers involved had been acting on their own initiative to try to extract a confession and had not physically assaulted the suspect.

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

"When this snake video surfaced, many Papuans, particularly activists, who have been in and out of jail for political reasons, said that they have long known that snakes are being used by police and military", she said. "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".

Indonesian security forces have been repeatedly accused of using excessive force and committing rights abuses against Papua's ethnic Melanesian population including extrajudicial killings of activists and peaceful protestors.

The events are likely to further inflame tensions in the region where an insurgency has simmered since the early 1960s when Indonesia took control of the western half of the island of New Guinea, formerly a Dutch colony.

In December Papuan Governor Lukas Enembe called on the army to leave the state amid a crackdown on rebels fighting for independence.

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