Rev. Yeremias Zanambani. – Jubi/IST

Police to autopsy Pastor Yeremia’s body for further investigation


Jakarta, CNN Indonesia – The National Police is going to autopsy the body of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani, who was allegedly shot dead by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel in Intan Jaya Regency in September last year.


Intan Jaya Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sandi Sultan said the autopsy would be carried out by a joint team of the TNI and police in the Hitadipa District on June 5, 2021.


“The autopsy of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani will be carried out on June 5,” Sultan said on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, as quoted by CNN Indonesia.



The police, Sultan said, had checked the area to smooth the autopsy process, as well as preparing a plan to secure vulnerable points.


“The TNI and police team is led by me and 501/BY battalion commander Lt. Col. Inf. Arfa Yuda. We are also assisted by 46 personnel to secure eight vulnerable points,” he added.


Meanwhile, Police’s Nemangkawi Operation chief Sr. Comr. Iqbal Alqudusy said the autopsy would provide more evidence to the investigation of the fatal shooting and other cases. Prior to his death, Zanambani was involved in an investigation to find two of his relatives, Luther Zanambani and Apinus Zanambani, who were declared missing in April 2020 after being arrested by military officers in a “COVID-19 raid”.


Military Police later named nine soldiers suspects of torturing Luther and Apinus to death and burning their bodies to hide the crime. Meanwhile, in November 2020, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) reported that Zanambani was allegedly shot by Hitadipa military district deputy commander Alpius after the pastor questioned the disappearance of his family members.


“We need a visum et repertum to be presented in the court. The visum et repertum is a written report from the result of the autopsy which will be used to solve a crime,” Alqudusy said.

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