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Indonesian special forces on trial over prison murders

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Eight members of Indonesia's special forces faced a military tribunal Thursday accused of storming a jail and shooting dead four inmates to avenge the death of a superior officer. 

Members of Indonesia's Special Forces (Kopassus) Ucok Tigor Simbolon (2nd right), Sugeng Sumaryanto (3rd right) and Kodik (2nd left) arrive at a court room during their trial in Bantul, on June 20, 2013. Eight members of Indonesia's special forces went on trial in Bantul, accused of storming a jail and shooting dead four inmates to avenge the death of a superior officer.

The case sparked a public outcry and raised concerns about the slow pace of reform in Indonesia's armed forces, which were frequently accused of extra-judicial killings during the three-decade rule of dictator Suharto.

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