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LtCol (Pol) Hulman Gultom

Dili district police chief (Kapolres Dili)

Hulman Gultom was appointed Dili district police chief on 27 June 1998.[1] He does not stand accused of personal participation in acts of violence. Indeed in May 1999 he gave refuge to hundreds of pro-independence refugees fleeing militia violence,[2] and made a (weak and vain) attempt to stop Besi Merah Putih militias entering the city at the same time.[3]

However, East Timor was not formally under martial rule, and he is therefore responsible for failing to halt many acts of violence that occurred in the city throughout 1999, including the militia attack on the house of Manuel Carrascalao that left at least twelve dead on 17 April, and the sacking of Dili following the announcement of the ballot result on 4 September 1999.

His deputy was Maj (Pol) Mangatas Tambunan. At the end of 1997 Tambunan interrogated Xanana Gusmao in a Jakarta prison in connection with the arrest of some resistance activists armed with explosives in Dili. Like some other senior ex-Dili police officers, Tambunan joined the crime squad in Jakarta after the Indonesian withdrawal from East Timor.

Gultom was indicted before the Indonesian Ad Hoc Human Rights Tribunal on 31 May 2002 for failing to prevent the 17 April 1999 incident. He was found guilty on 19 January 2003 and sentenced to three years jail, but remained free pending an appeal. No court documents were released to the public and little is known about the case.[4]

Extra Information

Implicated in Events:
Carrascalao - 17/04/1999 - Murder of 12 at home of Manuel Carrascalao, Dili

Current Status:
A - (Indonesian) Attorney General's Department. Announced as suspects at various times (September 2000 - April 2001), some later dropped, some already sentenced.

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This individual is also mentioned in these profiles:
Col (Pol) Timbul Silaen

[1] '13 Kapolres di Timtim diganti', Kompas, 29 June 1998.

[2] 'Ratusan orang mengungsi di Polres Dili', Kompas, 12 May 1999.

[3] 'Lagi, dua prokemerdekaan tewas', Kompas, 11 May 1999.

[4] ‘Former police chief sentenced to jail over East Timor violence’, The Jakarta Post, 20 January 2003.


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