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Resolution adopted unanimously by the Governing Council
at its 175th session (Geneva, 1st October 2004)

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the outline of the case of Mr. Tengku Nashiruddin Daud of Indonesia, as contained in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/175/11(a) R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 174th session (April 2004),

Taking account of the communication from the Deputy Secretary General of the House of Representatives of Indonesia dated 25 June 2004,

Considering that, according to the information provided in the communication, the House Monitoring Team, as mandated by the Speaker in April 2004 to monitor the investigation into Mr. Daudís murder in January 2000, visited Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province (NAD province) on 7 and 8 May 2004 to meet with Mr. Daudís family and the regional police of North Sumatra province, in the presence of witnesses; that the Team made certain recommendations to the regional police; that, on 17 June 2004, it received a progress report on the investigation from the regional police of North Sumatra province; that, according to that report, witness statements suggest that the perpetrators were five members of the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka [GAM]), namely Abu Is alias Ismail Syhaputra, Daud Syah alias Panjang, Munawar alias Abu Rizky, Mustafa and Ibrahim Amd; that, while Abu Is was allegedly shot dead while carrying out bomb attacks in Aceh, the others have all fled to NAD province, and search and arrest warrants have been issued for all of them except Ibrahim Amd; recalling in this respect that, according to the information provided previously by the authorities, it was Ibrahim Amd, reportedly a suspect in the Jakarta Stock Exchange bombing, who had testified that GAM rebels were responsible for Mr. Daudís murder,

Considering also that the parliamentary authorities have suggested, most recently at a meeting the Secretary General had with the two Deputy Speakers on the occasion of the recent meeting of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO) (13-17 September 2004), GAM may have abducted and murdered Mr. Daud because of his criticism of that rebel movement and his refusal to join or support it; GAM had issued threats against him; recalling in this respect, however, that the source has always affirmed that there was nothing to suggest that Mr. Daud was engaged in a struggle against the GAM; instead, it considered it highly likely that Mr. Daud's murder was linked to his outspoken stance against the military and their activities in Aceh,

  1. Is pleased to note that the House Monitoring Team has taken action to carry out its mandate, and is confident that it will resolutely continue its monitoring work in the future; would appreciate being kept informed of it;

  2. Notes that the information provided on the suspects does not differ from the information provided previously, except with respect to the role played by Ibrahim Amd, who is apparently now himself suspected of involvement in the murder;

  3. Notes in this respect that no arrest or search warrant has been issued for him; infers from this that he is in detention or otherwise at the disposal of the investigating authorities, and would appreciate more detailed information in this respect;

  4. Notes that, contrary to the information provided previously, the suspects have not fled to Malaysia, but to NAD province, and hence are in Indonesian territory;

  5. Reiterates its wish to be appraised of the outcome of the efforts to ascertain the whereabouts of key witness Abu Bakar Daud, and to be informed of the testimony he gave to the police;

  6. Would appreciate information on the evidence gathered by the police which indicates that GAM rebels committed Mr. Daudís murder;

  7. Requests the Secretary General to invite the parliamentary authorities to provide the requested information;

  8. Requests the Committee to continue examining this case and report to it at its next session, to be held on the occasion of the 112th Assembly (April 2005).

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