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 head near his face, reports Efe news.
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 Papua and Papua.
The western half of the island of New Guinea belongs to Indonesia, a territory rich in natural resources and the scene of a separatist conflict since its independence from the Netherlands in 1963. It was annexed by Jakarta after a contested UN-sponsored referendum in 1969.
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