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Indonesia police use snake to terrorise detainee

IANS  |  Jakarta 

Police in on Monday admitted using a snake to terrorise a detainee during interrogation in province, after a video of the incident went viral on

The video shows the detainee, accused of theft, with his hands tied behind his back and a snake wrapped around his neck while he screams in fear. The officials interrogating him laugh and bring the snake's near his face, reports news.

Police said action has been taken against the officials but he also justified the use of the reptile as part of the interrogation.

"Inhumane treatment against West Papuans is regularly reported. The culture of impunity there makes West Papuans just let it go and not pursue further," told

Koman added that the use of snakes in interrogations has been reported on previous occasions, also against activists calling for the independence of the provinces of West and Papua.

The western half of the island of belongs to Indonesia, a territory rich in natural resources and the scene of a separatist conflict since its independence from the in 1963. It was annexed by after a contested UN-sponsored referendum in 1969.

The eastern half of the island is



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 13:46 IST