I always thought that anyone who are alleged of committing crime should be investigated, prosecuted and fairly tried by the court of law, all of which should be based on legal grounds, free from political intensions.
However, I was surprised when I read the blog post of Rob Baiton about the Australian police's plan to investigate allegations that the Indonesian military was involved in the death of five Australian journalists in Balibo, East Timor in 1975.
My surprise was based on the fact that 34 years have already passed since the alleged killing, and lots of things have happened e.g military top brass & other officers have retired, change of government in Indonesia in 1998 from president Soeharto to free democratic governments afterwards.
I would not have been surprised if the investigation was carried out when Soeharto was still in power, or not long after, when all who are allegedly involved are still around. I wonder whether the investigation was not carried out at that time because Australia has fully backed the invasion of East Timor just like when they supported Soeharto's rise to power in 1965.
For details on the above, please click here, here and here.
Considering the above, I hope that the investigation would be carried out free from any 'hidden agenda' to undermine the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono who has been re-elected to lead Indonesia for the next 5 years.