Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Attorney: government liable for torture of Indonesian
According to lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld, the [Dutch] government is responsible for the treatment of an Indonesian prisoner by Dutch soldiers during the so-called police actions of the late nineteen forties. According to Zegveld there was “systematic torture”.
She relies on the testimony of the former prisoner, other sources and on the Note on Excesses from 1969, the report of a government investigation into the actions of the Dutch army in the former colony.
The now 86-year-old Mr. Yaseman was captured in 1947 in East Java by soldiers of the KNIL, the Royal Dutch East Indies Army. He was suspected of supporting the movement which sought independence for Indonesia. To get a confession, Yaseman is said to have got electric shocks. Also, he would be forced to drink lots of water, and then interrogators would stand on his belly, the so-called water ordeal.
According to Zegveld Yaseman suffered serious psychological and physical harm on account of the torture. She is seeking damages. The level of this amount is not clear. Because of the age of her client she wants a response within five days from the Dutch State, reports the Committee Dutch Debts of Honour.