8 Indonesian elite soldiers jailed over prison revenge killings
YOGYAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian military tribunal on Thursday jailed eight special forces soldiers for involvement in a plot to storm a prison and shoot dead four inmates in a revenge killing.
The group - three ringleaders and five men who played lesser roles - broke into Cebongan prison near Yogyakarta on the main island of Java in March.
One of the ringleaders was found guilty of firing the shots that killed the prisoners, who were in custody accused of murdering the soldiers' superior officer in a nightclub brawl.
The murders sparked a public outcry and evoked dark memories of the three-decade dictatorship of Suharto who stepped down in 1998, when the army often acted with impunity.