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Battalion 432
East Timor
Kopassus , Kostrad

Maj (Inf) Eriet Hadi Uriyanto

Commander, Kostrad Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 432

This battalion is part of the Kostrad 3rd Airborne Infantry Brigade (Brigif Linud III), commanded in 1999 by LtCol Irwan Kusnadi, who was at the same time East Timor combat Sector A commander.[1] It was from Makassar, South Sulawesi, and spent only a few weeks in East Timor in 1999. The brigade was formed in 1985 out of Kopassus personnel who had been with the counter-insurgency Group 3, but who had been shed from Kopassus after a reorganisation. It was often still commanded by a Kopassus officer (of whom Irwan Kusnadi was probably one).[2] 

Battalion 432 had been in East Timor several times before it was sent, together with Airborne Battalion 700 (see LtCol Lukito), to East Timor from Ambon upon the declaration of martial law on 7 September 1999.[3] It was therefore in East Timor at the height of the destruction.[4]

On 17 October 1999, Battalion 432 withdrew to Atambua, in West Timor near the border with East Timor. It was assigned border security duties (including joint patrols with Interfet), but also had to disarm militias among the refugees.[5] However, Interfet accused the Indonesian district commander at Kefamenanu of allowing the battalion to permit the militia force Sakunar to launch incursions into East Timor with 'impunity'. Sakunar was led by Laurento 'Moko' Soares.[6]

Battalion 432 personnel allegedly tortured eight individuals in the Belu district, near Atambua, on 29 November 1999.[7]


Extra Information


Current Status:
2 - Priority 2 for further investigation. Not included in any other formal list, but mentioned in other independent reports, bearing structural responsibility, but with minimal data so far for involvement in ET violence.

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This individual is also mentioned in these profiles:
LtGen Djamari Chaniago
Col Irwan Kusnadi
LtCol Lukito
Laurentino ('Moko') Soares



[1] 'TNI di Timtim: Tinggal Yon 700 dan tiga kompi pasukan elite', Kompas, 27 September 1999.

[2] 'Dua mantan komandan Brigif 3/Kostrad terbelit masalah pidana', TNI Watch! 7 July 2000; 'Kudeta setelah lebaran', Xpos, No. 47/II, 26 December 1999 - 1 January 2000. The other two battalions in this brigade were 431 and 433.

[3] 'Penerapan darurat militer: Landasan hukum bagi militer untuk lebih keras dan tegas', Kompas, 8 September 1999.

[4] The times included December 1998 (Komando Region III Falintil, 'Berita dari Timor Leste', Solidamor, 11 December 1998); and July 1995 (National Council of Maubere Resistance, 'News release', 15 July 1995 (reg.easttimor)).

[5] 'Gara-gara akan lapor ke PBB: Mantan milisi Tim-Tim merasa terancam', Tempo Interaktif, 13 October 2000; 'Lintas Udara 432 secepatnya bersihkan senjata pengungsi', Kompas, 19 October 1999.

[6] 'East Timor: Interfet, Indonesian officers discuss Oe Cusse militia clashes', Lusa, 21 January 2000. The district commander was Col Manurung.

[7] 'Kekerasan TNI di Timor Barat', TNI Watch!, 14 January 2000.

 

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