Military members ill-treat civilians inside karaoke bar in Merauke

An Indonesian military member named Major Sergeant HW and four of his comrades allegedly ill-treated a group of civilians inside a karaoke bar in the Samkai village, Merauke Regency, on 15 January 2022. According to news outlet CNN Indonesia, the military officer was intoxicated and started a fight with another guest who allegedly recorded him with his mobile phone inside the karaoke bar. Sergeant HW reportedly attacked and forced him to erase the video. Witnessing the attack, other visitors stepped in and collectively dragged the military officer outside the bar.

Thereupon, Sergeant HW, informed four of his comrades who came to the bar and collectively ill-treated multiple guests inside the bar. The attack was meant as an act of retaliation for throwing Sergeant HW out of the karaoke bar. The spokesperson of the XVII Cenderawasih military command, Colonel Aqsha Erlangga (see photo, source: screenshot taken from Kompas TV), claimed that Sergeant HW is currently under investigation by the military police. He added that the conflict parties agreed to settle the case outside of the law.

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Samkai
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Merauke Regency, Merauke District, Samkai Village
total number of victims: unknown
period of incident: 15.01.2022
perpetrator: military personnel
perpetrator details: Major Sergeant Serma HW
Issues: torture
Sources: CNN Indonesia Further HRM News:

NumberName, detailsGenderAgeGroup Affiliation Violations
1unknownmaleunknowncivil society torture
unknownunknownunknownunknowncivil societytorture