In Djakarta, June 20, Indonesian jet pilot Second-Lt Danial Maukar faced a court martial for strafing Presidential Palaces in Djakarta and Bogor last March.
In Djakarta, June 20, Indonesian jet pilot Second-Lt Danial Maukar faced a court martial for strafing Presidential Palaces in Djakarta and Bogor last March. The 28-year-old pilot from the rebellion-torn North Celebes is facing eight charges including plotting to kidnap the President, supporting the enemy and military rebellion.
In the March 9 strafing from a Mig-17, Maukar shot at the Presidential Palaces in Djakarta and Bogor, and oil tanks at Tanjong Priok Harbour, wounding 18 people, some of them seriously. President Sukarno - who was at that time attending a cabinet meeting in a building to one of side of the Palace - and his family were not hurt by the attack.
The prosecutor is Major Prodjoradnono who recently secured the death sentence on American flyer Allan Lawrence Pope accused of flying a bomber for the North Celebes rebels.
Maukar, who is defended by a civilian counsel, told the court that an organisation called "Manguni" (meeting owl) had planned to occupy Djakarta one day after the strafing, and then send a delegation for negotiations with President Sukarno. The Indonesian Government says Manguni is a rebel organisation plotting to overthrow the present Government.
He said the object of his strafing was intended as a demonstration and not to hurt the President. He said he knew at the time of strafing that the President was not in the Palace. The raid on the oil tanks was intended to weaken the Government's military potential. His aircraft mounted three machine-guns one of which did not work.
It is expected that the trial will take about a week.