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Police deny Densus 88 tortured detainees (14 Sep 2010)
The Jakarta Post - Australia has sent an official to Maluku to investigate the alleged torture of political detainees by Indonesia’s elite antiterror unit Detachment 88 (Densus 88), an allegation quickly denied by the National Police.

Indonesia backdown on state 'torturers' (14 Sep 2010)
Sydney Morning Herald - The Ambon-based unit of Detachment 88, accused of brutality and the torture of peaceful political protesters, will be disbanded, the head of the elite counter-terrorism force, Tito Karnavian, has said.

Australia paying troops who 'torture' (13 Sep 2010)
Sydney Morning Herald - Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which receives millions of dollars from Australia each year, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating them in detention.

Papua proposes 500,000 hectares for food estate: Minister (13 Sep 2010)
The Jakarta Post - Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said his ministry received a proposal to make use of 500,000 hectare areas for the 1.6-million-hectare food and energy estate projects planned in Merauke, Papua.

Indon torture claims no surprise: expert (13 Sep 2010)
Sydney Morning Herald - Australia should press Indonesia to ensure its elite anti-terrorism squad obeys the law and upholds human rights, an expert says. Allegations that members of the Australia-funded Special Detachment 88 force recently brutalised peaceful political activists in the province of Maluku should come as no surprise, Deakin University's Damien Kingsbury says.