Torture video renews Australia-Indonesia tension + Audio

Torture video renews Australia-Indonesia tension
ABC News, 3 December 2010

By: Indonesia correspondent Matt Brown

  Audio: Australia persists with inquiry into Papua torture video (AM)



A torture video showing Indonesian troops attacking two Papuan men is causing renewed tension between Indonesia and Australia.

When Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Jakarta last month, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told her there would be a full investigation into the torture.

But then the military prosecuted a group of soldiers over a separate incident of abuse and the torture has gone unpunished.

While the military says the torture case is now closed, Australia's ambassador has told Indonesia that Australia still expects to see a full and transparent investigation.

A spokesperson for Ms Gillard says it must be transparent and that Australia will continue to make its expectations clear.

A spokesman for Indonesia's president says he is reviewing the case but Australian pressure could anger military hardliners who will see it as unwarranted outside interference.