The Woodside lawyer from Indonesia who vanished Aug. 5 on a mission to bring attention to human rights abuses in his native country was one of five bodies found Monday afternoon outside Medan, his last known whereabouts, a colleague said.
Jafar Siddiq Hamzah, 35, who founded the International Forum for Aceh in 1998, was discovered about 48 miles outside Medan and was identified by his family Wednesday morning, said Robert Jereski, executive director of the International Forum on Aceh.
Hamzah was one of 57 people feared kidnapped or dead in Indonesia this year alone, Jereski said.
Hamzah, who was originally from Lhokseumawe, had returned to Indonesia on a monthlong mission to document and highlight human rights abuses by police and the military, Jereski said. He had also hoped to establish a newspaper on the island of Sumatra.
Jereski said the bodies, wrapped in barb wire, were found strewn along the road and were unrecognizable in many ways. All were victims of torture and had numerous stab wounds, he said.
©2000 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.