RMS admits defeat, plans to file appeal after SBY rearrange Dutch visit
The Republic of South Maluku (RMS) separatist group has admitted a defeat that The Hague District Court rejected their lawsuit requesting an arrest of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The court also rejected the group’s request to revoke President Yudhoyono’s legal immunity during his visit in the Netherlands.
The RMS, through a press release received by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, said that it would file an appeal to a higher court.
“We will file an appeal after we are sure when President Yudhoyono will visit the Netherlands,” Wim Sopacua, RMS Vice President, said.
The BBC has previously reported that the court rejected RMS’ bid to have Yudhoyono arrested while in the Netherlands which was due to start on Wednesday.
The group holds President Yudhoyono responsible for the alleged mistreatment and torture of detained RMS activists in Maluku by the police’s anti-terror squad.
President Yudhoyono, however, cancelled the trip while his entourage was already on board the plane, citing “national dignity” as the main reason.
“What I cannot accept is if the president of Indonesia visits the Netherlands, on the invitation from the Queen … and then the court may decide to arrest that president,” said Yudhoyono.
Indonesian authorities crushed the RMS after it declared independence in 1950.
It was revived following the fall of President Suharto in 1998, and is currently based in the Netherlands, Indonesia's former colonial power.