Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 12:46:00 -0500
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Military doctor surrenders as police investigate dumped foetuses
South China Morning Post, Internet Edition,
3 Dec 1997
JENNY GRANT in Jakarta
A military doctor has handed himself over to authorities in connection
with a spate of aborted foetuses found dumped around Jakarta.
Police have arrested 13 people, including three staff of a large
military hospital, for their alleged role in aborting and dumping
Jakarta Military Command spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Nachrowi said
the doctor, whose name was given only as Lieutenant-Colonel Jaya L,
admitted aborting at least 10 unborn babies a day at two illegal
abortion clinics in Jakarta.
Abortion is illegal in Indonesia, unless it is done to save the life
of the mother.
The 48-year-old doctor surrendered to military police last week. He
will be charged before a military tribunal with conducting abortions.
The charge carries a maximum 5=BD-year prison term.
"The suspect may also be dismissed if he is found guilty," said
The detained doctor worked part-time at the illegal abortion clinics
while he served at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in central Jakarta.
Police have also arrested a former army major identified as Bud, who
they allege worked in the abortion clinics.
Three non-military personnel who also work at the army hospital and
abortion clinics as midwives and anaesthetists are also being
Dozens of foetuses and aborted babies' bones have been found at three
separate locations around Jakarta in the past two weeks.
The grisly discoveries have pushed the usually secret issue of
abortion into the headlines and raised a heated debate in this
predominantly Muslim country.
Last week police found up to 22 foetuses, bones and a small skeleton
buried in the grounds of a school for disabled children.
In the latest discovery police found 10 tiny bones buried in the front
of Herlina's abortion clinic in north Jakarta. The nurse who runs the
clinic and two of her staff have also been arrested.
"We all know about Herlina's clinic. I take young students there at
least three times a week. They are all going to have abortions, it's
very popular," said taxi driver Suprihat.
Mr Suprihat said he could not believe that authorities did not know
about the clinic earlier when "every taxi driver in town" was aware of
Abortions cost between 500,000 rupiah (HK$1,150) and 800,000 rupiah
and are available at dozens of private clinics, hospitals and backyard
establishments in Jakarta.
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