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ExxonMobil Indonesia lawsuit heads for trial after 20 years

Villagers in Aceh say they were tortured by 'Exxon Army' hired by gas plant

Indonesian soldiers patrol in an armored fighting vehicle at the ExxonMobil Arun natural gas field near Lhokseumawe, in Indonesia's Aceh Province, in April  2001.   © AP

MEDAN, Indonesia -- In court papers filed in the case of John Doe v. ExxonMobil Corporation, villagers recount in harrowing detail how they and their family members were caught and tortured in and around an ExxonMobil gas plant in Indonesia's Aceh Province.

"He was taken by soldiers," one of the 11 plaintiffs in the case, identified only as Jane Doe V, says of her husband, who went missing in January 2001. "Then his hand was cut off and they took his eye."

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