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Kopassus Group V

Col (Inf) Pramono Edhie Wibowo

Kopassus commander, Group V

Pramono Edhie Wibowo assumed command of Kopassus Group V (anti-terrorist) in 1999. The group was also deployed in East Timor in that year - for example in Baucau, through a unit called Detachment 81 (D-81). It slipped into Dili on 5 September 1999, the day before Bishop Belo’s house was attacked. At present we have no details of human rights abuses committed by Pramono, or the group he led, in East Timor in 1999.[1]


He is the son of the late LtGen (ret) Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, one of the 'red beret' troops who helped bring in the New Order under General Suharto in 1965/66. In 1998 he commanded Kopassus Group I, based in Serang, West Java.[2] He is regarded as a Prabowo ally. In May 1997 Kopassus Group 5 took part in a US-funded program called 'Balance Iron 97-6A' (through the Joint Combined Education and Training program, JCET). They received training in Special Reconnaisance/ Combat Patrolling Small Unit Tactics, 15 May-27 June 1997.[3]

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 (ret) Prabowo Subianto Djojohadikusumo

[1] 'The Indonesia's military remain large in East Timor: How can Unamet cope with the situation before and post the ballot?', Tapol, 30 July 1999.; ‘John McBeth, Dan Murphy, Rodney Tasker and Michael Vatikiotis, ‘Indonesia: No way out’, Far Eastern Economic Review, 23 September 1999. His name appears on a list of officers who should be investigated for atrocities committed in East Timor ('Komisi Ham PBB daftar nama jenderal Indonesia', TNI Watch! posted to SiaR News Service, 29 September 1999).

[2]Angkatan Bersenjata, 17 April 1998. ' "Paket Prabowo" bakal pimpin Kopassus', TNI Watch! 30 March 2000

[3] 'Training courses provided by the US military to the Indonesian military between 1992 and 1997'. This document is among the US Department of Defense documents released 12 February 1998 by Deputy Secretary of  Defense John J Hamre in response to a request by Representative Lane Evans.


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