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MajGen Mochtar Ma'ruf

Former Chief of Social and Political Affairs (Kassospol); possibly general without posting in TNI headquarters in 1999

MajGen 'Mahruf' is mentioned in several reports as involved just before the ballot in coordinating militia violence - in company with Zacky Makarim, Sjafrie Syamsuddin, Kiki Syahnakri, Glenny Kairupan, plus Tyasno Sudarto.[1]

This could refer to former Chief of Social and Political Affairs (Kassospol) at TNI Headquarters, MajGen Mochtar Ma'ruf, who was replaced by Syarwan Hamid in May 1996 and then not heard from again. He certainly is East Timor-experienced, but he may be rather too old to be doing these things.


Mochtar Ma'ruf was born in Central Java, and graduated from the military academy in about 1965. He was in charge of the East Timor sub-area command (danrem 164) 1987-88. At this time the East Timor territorial structure (Korem) was far less powerful than the Kolakops (non-organic) military one. He rose to Chief of Social and Political Affairs (Kassospol) 1995-96.

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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[1] Kiper Jakarta, 'Mayjen Sjafrie Sjamsudin masuk ke Timor Timur', Kiper-Net, 29 August 1999 (reproduced in: 'Menguji taring Komisi Ham', Xpos, No. 43/II, 28 November-4 December 1999); '"Operasi  Sapu Jagad" –  Indonesian military’s plan to disrupt independence', East Timor Observatory (FA10-1999/10/21eng), 28 October 1999.

[2] With thanks to Douglas Kammen.


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