Wamena, 18/1 (Jubi) – Wamena District Court sentenced 1,7 months to 2 years against 11 suspects of the burning of police station of Pegunungan Bintang on 16 June 2013 in the trial judge under the lead of Chief Judge Berlinda Ursula Mayor, SH in Wamena, Jayapura District, Papua (17/1).
A verdict of 2,1 years in prison was sentenced against Yakop Alya and Herry Kalagmabin. The sentence is shorter than what have been prosecuted by the Public Prosecutor, which was 4 years in Prison. They are both were imposed by the article 160 and 170, article on the incitement and harmful collective actions..
Emanuel Kalagmabin,Stevanus Banal, Ruben Sitokmabin, Wilem Alwolmabin,Yakop Alya, Manu Wombonggo, Agust Yamsin, Nesias Uropdana, Kletus Sasaka dan Isaias Taplo were sentenced 1,7 years in prison. While, Wilem Alwolmabin, Kletus Sasaka dan Stevanus Banal were sentenced for 3 years in prison, and other five suspects, Emanuel Kalakmabin, Wilem Alwolmabin, Agus Yamsin,Nesias Uropdana,Kletus Sasaka were sentenced for 2 years in prison.
The verdict that sentenced against the suspects is secluded from the evidence that tried to be proved in the court by the prosecutor. Their acts were only throwing stones on the roof, wall and glass window of police station, but they are accused on the burning of the police station that not yet proved.
“Who was bringing the gasoline? Who was taking the match? Who was throwing the fire? This is not clear, this sentence is not right,” Hengky Bidana, the family of accused suspects, said to tabloidjubi.com after the judgment hearing.
Hengky thought the sentence is not very fair. The executors were hundreds of people, but then only 11 person who accept the punishment. This unfair judgment could be raised as a result of the pressure from others.
“Judge can take the decision due to pressure policy institution who feel lost because the office get burned by hundreds of people,” he said.
“If the loss of the office is becoming the reason behind this, the court must also consider the public losses due to the revenge by the police after the burning of police station: the burning of 62 houses, 6 motorcycles, one truck and a satellite parabola belong to the community,” Hengki added.
The suspects’ attorney, Semy Latussa, SH, MH, said this decision is not fair.
“This action was the mass action that involved about 300 to 700 people, and cannot be represented by 11 people. Each person must responsible for his or her action,” he said to this media (18/1).
“Although there were not able to represent, in the forced situation, with all sorts of the consideration, this 11 people has became the victims. If they arrested all perpetuators, there will be expensive because it would be a cost for the interrogation process, the trial, shelter and meals for hundreds of people, it might be costing billions of rupiahs. Rather that to spend a lot of money, this 11 people was became the victims,” he said.
The losses on the community’s side; the fact that the perpetrators were hundreds of people; the defense witnesses who never be presented, gunshot victims; according to this Ambonese man, were not considered by the court to reduce the sentence for 11 suspects.
“The sentence “not guilty” is not possible because they have already processed to the trial though actually they could be asked to change the broken glass. Reduce the detention period; they can be sentence for 6 months. We hope so but it’s not happened,” he said.
However, Semy feel that he was success in escorting the suspects. “As the law attorney, I feel I was success as their sentence was shorter than it was prosecuted,” he said. About the appellate or the unfair decision, Semi said he would further coordinate with the family of victims. (Jubi/Mawel/P. Maizier)
Six defendants of anti-racism protest in Jayapura sentenced to six months jail
Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court found guilty six defendants involved in a mass riot following the anti-racism protests in Papua on 29 August 2019. The panel of judges gave them six months sentence, reduced by the defendants’ detention period. Therefore, the defendants would able to release soon after being sentence since the end of August 2019. However, their legal counsel team says to challenge the verdict because they believe that their clients are not guilty.
The six defendants Yan Peter Suramaja, Dolfin, Vinsen Dogopia, Jorgen Aipui, Valerio Yaas, Peter Meraudje, are found guilty in the trial chaired by Judge Alexander Jacob Tetelepta, with the panel members Roberto Naibaho and Korneles Waroi.
The public prosecutor charged them with different articles. Yan Peter Suramaja charged with Emergency Article, while Dolfin accused Article 160 of the criminal code on the incitement against the government. Meanwhile, Vinsen Dogopie charged with Article 170 of the criminal code about conducting violence against people and properties. The other three defendants Jorgen Aipui, Valerio Yaas, and Peter Merauje indicted with Article 365 of the criminal code about theft with violence.
In responding to the court’s verdict, lawyer Frederika Korain confirms that her clients would release soon if they accept the verdict because they have been in the detention since the end of August 2029. “Following the court’s verdict, their days in the detention will end soon. But we will consider this and discuss with their family to challenge not guilty,” Korain says on Thursday.
In the meantime, lawyer Relika Tambunan who is also a member of defendants’ legal counsel declares the court finding does not meet the expectation of the Advocate Team for Indigenous Papuans, as the trial was not able to approve the public prosecutor’s indictment.
“There is no strong evidence to accuse them. Indeed, the trial cannot prove that our clients are guilty or commit crime as charged to them. We have time to reconsider before challenge for not guilty,” said Tambunan. (*)
Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G
Two civilians reportedly killed in Sugapa
Jayapura, Jubi – Two civilians reportedly killed in a joint military operation at Yoparu Village of Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jayapura Regency on Tuesday (18/2/2020). The report also informs two Papuan women have been injured during the gun conflict and currently are under medical treatment. However, no release so far made by the security forces related to the report.
Jubi resource confirms two victims in this military ambush are Kayus Sani and Meky who shot in their houses on Tuesday dawn. The joint police and military forces arrived at Yoparu Village on Tuesday at around 3 a.m. Papua time, he says.
“Kayus was shot dead in his house. They (the joint security forces) entered the house and shot him on the chest and fingers. They also did the same thing to Meky, entering his house and shooting him dead in his house,” he says.
A report further informs that residents took the bodies of Kayus and Meky to a local church on Tuesday, but no information about their funeral yet.
Meanwhile, two indigenous women were also reportedly injured in the same operation. Elepina Sani, Meky’s mother, was shot in her hand, and currently got treatment in Yoparu Village, while a bullet hit Malopina in her leg. She is referred to Timika on Tuesday for further treatment.
Until the article published, no confirmation from both military or police about the incident so far received by Jubi. Jubi has attempted to contact Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw on Whatsapp at 20.26 Papua time for clarification, but no reply so far. (*)
Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Military spokesperson says victims of military operation in Sugapa are members of insurgent group
Jayapura, Jubi – Colonel Eko Daryanto, the military public relations chief of Cenderawasih Military Command, says a victim killed on Tuesday (18/2/2020) in the armed conflict in Yaparo Village of Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jaya Regency was an insurgent group member. He also claims that a boy killed in the same shooting location shot by the armed group.
Colonel Daryanto’s clarification is opposite to a witness’ statement cited by Jubi on Tuesday. Jubi resource told that both victims Kayus Sani and Meky Tipagau are civilians. He also informed two women had wounded during the attack.
As cited by Antara News Agency, Eko Daryanto states that the joint enforcement troop had involved in a gun conflict with an insurgent group in Sugapa on Tuesday at 7.20 Papua time when they saw two insurgent members carrying two guns. “They involved in a gun conflict while chasing those insurgents, but this armed group made to escape to the cliffs and bushes ahead to Ugimba,” says the colonel in Jayapura on Wednesday (19/2/2020).
Moreover, according to him, the troop later found Meky Tipogau’s body when checking the location after the conflict. He declares the victim Tipogau was shot by the military while carrying a weapon, but his friend was able to run away with his gun. Also, during the operation, the joint military troop seized a laptop, a cellular phone and two assembled guns, a facsimile machine, a bow and arrows.
Eko further states that during the armed conflict on Tuesday, the insurgent group shot the joint military forces randomly. “Their fire hit 14 years old girls named Kina Sani who shot in her left sole,” says Eko.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Jubi published an article saying two civilians reportedly killed in Sugapa. According to Jubi source, the victims Kayus Sani and Meky Tipogau shot by the security forces in their houses. He stated that the shooting incident happened in the Tuesday early morning in Yoparu Village, Sugapa Subdistrict.
Jubi also reported that two women had injured during the armed conflict in the same location. Elepina Sani, Meky Tipogau’s mother, was shot in her hand, and now treated by locals in Yoparu Village. Meanwhile, Malopina Sani who shot in her leg referred to Timika for further medical treatment on Tuesday. (*)
Reporter: Aryo Wisanggeni G
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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