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Deputy assistant for security to Army chief of staff

BrigGen (Inf) Amirul Isnaeni

Deputy Assistant for Security to the Army Chief of Staff (Waaspam KSAD); deputy martial law administrator East Timor (September 1999)

Amirul Isnaeni became deputy assistant to army chief of staff Gen Subagyo in January 1999. Like two other Subagyo assistants (Kiki Syahnakri and Johny Lumintang), he had substantial East Timor involvement throughout 1999.

Dunn estimated that his involvement in East Timor violence in 1999 may have been 'peripheral'.[1] However, militia leader Tomas Goncalves said after his April 1999 defection that Brig-Gen Amirul was one of those who organised the militia effort in East Timor.[2] He is reported to have accompanied Zacky Anwar and Kiki Syahnakri to East Timor on 20 April 1999 on a secret mission, probably liasing with pro-integration militias.[3]

When martial law was declared in East Timor on 8 September 1999, Amirul was appointed Deputy Martial Law Commander in East Timor (Wakil Panglima Penguasa Darurat Militer Timor Timur) under Kiki Syahnakri. This was a time when Kiki was actively directing the activities of the militias.[4]


Amirul Isnaeni was born in about 1952. He graduated from the military academy in 1975.[5] His career has been with Kopassus, including an anti-insurgency stint in Aceh in the early 1990s. In 1995 he commanded the Kopassus intelligence task force SGI in East Timor. After holding a territorial command in Java (Korem 071 based in Purwokerto - a reward for helping Prabowo release hostages in Irian Jaya in 1996) he was appointed to command the Army Intelligence Centre in 1998 (Dan Pusintelad).[6]

He was promoted to commander (danjen) of Kopassus in June 2000.[7]

Extra Information

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D - Dunn. The report of James Dunn, consultant to the Untaet Prosecutor General Mr Mohamed Othman, April 2001.

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This individual is also mentioned in these profiles:
LtGen (ret) A.M. Hendropriyono
Gen Subagyo Hadi Siswojo
LtGen (ret) Prabowo Subianto Djojohadikusumo
MajGen Kiki Syahnakri
MajGen Syahrir MS

[1] James Dunn, 'Crimes against humanity in East Timor, January to October 1999: Their nature and causes', Sydney Morning Herald, 28 April 2001.

[2] Radio Hilversum, 6 October 1999 (in the transcript Amirul is mis-typed as 'Amirut').

[3] 'NN: Yet another report from bloody East Timor', MateBEAN, 29 April 1999 (listed here as 'Brigadier General Amirullah').

[4] He is listed as a likely candidate for war criminal status by a source in Xpos ('Jendral-Jendral penjahat perang', Xpos, No 32/II, 12-18 September 1999).

[5] 'Tentang Brigjen TNI Amirul Isnaeni', TNI Watch! 21 June 2000; 'MeunaSAH> Mahasiswa Aceh gugat Feisal Tanjung dan Syarwan Hamid', SiaR News Service <[email protected]>, 12 August 1998.

[6]Angkatan Bersenjata, 5 September 1997; Suara Pembaruan, 22 February 1998; Suara Merdeka, 4 July 1998; 'Jendral-Jendral penjahat perang', Xpos, No 32/II, 12-18 September 1999; 'Bibit Pangdam IV, Sugiono Kasum ABRI', Suara Merdeka, 5 January 1999; 'Lembaga Kolakops yang luput dari perhatian' TNI Watch!, Siar News Service, 13 December 1999.

[7] 'Daftar lengkap mutasi di tubuh TNI', Kompas, 16 June 2000.


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