Police filmed draping live snake around neck of suspect to make him confess

This is the disturbing moment laughing police drape a live snake around a suspect’s neck in a bid to make him confess.

The man was filmed screaming in distress as he sat with his hands tied behind his back during the interrogation in Papua New Guinea.

A voice can be heard ordering him to open his eyes, at one point threatening to put the snake into his mouth and down his trousers.

The suspect, who can been seen writhing on the ground  is asked by an officer: "How may times have you stolen mobile phones?"

He later responds by saying: "Only two times."

The local police force has now apologised and pledged to discipline those involved.


In a statement, Jayawijaya police chief Tonny Ananda Swadaya issued an apology, saying: "The investigator was not professional in doing his job".

Swadaya added that the officers had been acting on their own initiative to try get a confession, saying the snake was non-venomous and tame.

"We have taken stern action against the personnel," he said, adding the officers themselves had not physically attacked the man.

Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said the case was being investigated by the internal affairs unit and if violations of the law or code of conduct were proven action would be taken.

Reports of human rights abuses by security forces often emerge from Papua, where a separatist movement has simmered for
decades.


The former Dutch colony, the resource-rich western part New Guinea island, was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely
criticized UN-backed referendum in 1969.

Veronica Koman, a human rights lawyer focused on Papua, said by text message that using a snake in this way represented
torture and was not a one-off incident in the area.

Ms Koman said a snake had also been used in an interrogation of  one of her clients, whom she said was a pro-independence
activist.

Papua police spokesman Mr Kamal said he was not aware of another case.

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