LtCol (Inf) Lukito
Commander, 700 Airborne Battalion (Linud 700)
Together with another Kostrad unit (Battalion 432 under Maj Eriet Hadi Uriyanto), Battalion 700 was only sent to East Timor during 1999 (from its base in Makassar, South Sulawesi) upon the declaration of martial law on 7 September. When it landed at Laga harbour on 15 September, East Timorese feared this combat battalion was about to engage Falintil militarily. It was therefore in East Timor at the height of the destruction.
It was the last to leave East Timor, on 30 October 1999. Afterwards it was briefly posted in neighbouring Flores, where local NGOs protested that its presence seemed to signal a militarisation of the island.
Prior to 1999, Battalion 700 saw a lot of action in East Timor and had a reputation for cruelty. In 1976 it took part in the siege of Mount Matebean in eastern East Timor, which left a large number of civilians dead. In 1991, then under the command of Gerhan Lentara, Battalion 700 was centrally involved in the Dili massacre of 11 November. A 1996 report had Battalion 700 troops distributed around several military districts in the western part of East Timor: Aileu, Ainaro, Bobonaro, and Suai. It turned up in several resistance and human rights reports in that region at the time.
Following a Falintil attack on an army post at Alas (Manufahi district) on 30 October 1998, Battalion 700 troops took part with other troops in reprisal actions in which dozens of civilians were arrested and tortured. This presence in East Timor late in 1998 raises the question whether at least some of the battalion's personnel may not have been there throughout 1999.
One report said it was controlled by the Kopassus intelligence unit SGI.
After East Timor it turned up in Aceh, where it soon developed a similar reputation for brutality.
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
Maj Eriet Hadi Uriyanto