• Short Summary

    FORMER INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINSTER, DR. SUBANDRIO, ON TRIAL FOR HIS LIFE, ON WEDNESDAY ADMITTED HE?

  • Description

    FORMER INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINSTER, DR. SUBANDRIO, ON TRIAL FOR HIS LIFE, ON WEDNESDAY ADMITTED HE HAD MADE MISTAKES IN POLICY BUT WARNED THAT THE NEW INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT AVOID MISJUDGMENTS AND SHORTCOMINGS. DR. SUBANDRIO WAS MAKING HIS FINAL PLEA AGAINST CHARGES OF PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT, SUBVERSION AND ECONOMIC CRIMES. HE HAD PLEADED "NOT GUILTY" ON ALL CHARGES BEFORE A SPECIAL MILITARY COURT.

    THE PROSECUTION HAD DEMANDED THE DEATH PENALTY, AND ON WEDNESDAY THE COURT WENT INTO RECESS UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY (OCTOBER 25) WHEN THE PANEL OF MILITARY JUDGES WILL PRONOUNCE THE VERDICT.

    IN A FINAL 45-MINUTE PLEA, DR. SUBANDRIO SAID: "I KNOW THE NEW ORDER WILL NOT EMERGE OR SUCCEED WITHOUT ERRORS OR SHORTCOMINGS". HE ADMITTED THAT HE HAD MADE MISTAKES IN CARRYING POLICY, BUT STRESSED THAT HE WAS ONLY IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNMENT LINE. ANY POLICY TOOK TIME TO PRODUCE RESULT.

    THE FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER, ONCE PRESIDENT SUKARNO'S CHIEF LIEUTENANT, PERSISTENTLY DENIED THAT HE HAD HELPED THE NOW DANNED INDONESIAN COMMUNIST PARTY. HE INCREASED COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND AN IMPENDING UPRISING LAST AUTUMN, BUT CLAIMED THESE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED TO THE ARMED FORCES, AND THROUGH THEM TO THE PRESIDENT.

    DR. SUBANDRIO ALSO SAID: "I PRAY TO GOD THAT HE WILL BLESS THIS COURT IN DECIDING ITS VERDICT ON ME BASED ON JUSTICE, TRUTH AND HUMANITY. I DO NOT ASK FOR A LESSER OR REDUCED SENTENCE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9IUKIKNXUS12R7GU3XJTYG0L0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9IUKIKNXUS12R7GU3XJTYG0L0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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