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The presence of four security personnel who stood behind the judge carrying rifles on Oby's pre trial - Supplied

The presence of four security personnel who stood behind the judge carrying rifles on Oby’s pre trial – Supplied

Jayapura, Jubi – Obby Kogoya’s pretrial court hearing on Tuesday (30/8/2016) at Sleman District Court, Yogyakarta was marred by the presence of four security personnel who stood behind the judge carrying rifles.

Kogoya’s lawyer from LBH Yogyakarta, Emamanuel Gobay, said Wednesday (31/8/2016) two armed personnel were already there when he and Kogoya entered the courtoom, each standing next to the defendant and pleader.

“Then, before the judge came to the courtroom, four mobile brigade officers with long-barreled weapon were stood behind the judge,” said Gobay who then charged objection to the Judge Bagindo Rajoko Harapap before reading the court’s decision.

“We asked the judge to direct the four armed officers to leave the room, as the honor towards the court that must be clean of the arm,” he said.

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Then the Judge asked the four officers to leave the courtroom while saying he (the Judge) was earlier examined. “The Judge said he didn’t know about their presence, whether it was the consideration of the court of the police initiative, but surely he didn’t know about it,” Gobay imitating the Judge Bagindo said to him.

For Obby’s lawyer who is indigenous Papuan, the incident of four armed officers was the harassment over the courtroom, “the armed people in the courtroom was the harassment toward the court,” he asserted.

The four mobile brigade officers left the courtroom indeed, but the two provosts were still at their position from the start to the end of the trial. Emanuel Gobay explained the presence of armed personnel at the trial of Obby Kogoya have occurred twice. Besides the recent trial, the trial of evidence on Friday (26/8) was also tainted by the presence of the pleader’s witnesses who take their weapons.

“We had asked the judge to secure their weapons,” said Emanuel. But he also very disappointed with the fact of the strict security procedure inside and outside of the trial, while Obby is only a victim and regular student. Imam Ghazali, reporter for KPM Ekspresi UNY Yogyakarta, who attended the trial also confirmed about this.

“The verdict trial against Obby Kogoya was too exaggerated if must be guarded strictly by armed officers, even they entered the courtroom. This act indicated the officers ignored the applied law in the trial. This act is not suitable with the purpose of the police as the law enforcement but in contrarily violating the law in the trial,” he said through text messange to Jubi on Wednesday afternoon (31/8/2016). Even, he continued, the number of security personnel attended the trial is larger than residents.

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LBH Yogyakarta considered the decision of the Judge rejected the pre-trial court of Obby Kogoya and adjusted the police’s act of arrest as the ignorance of the crucial facts. “Whereas during the trial, it was revealed the number of illogical facts in the process of named suspect,” according to LBH Yogyakarta.

The first fact, continued LBH, all the evidences relied upon the police to accuse Obby Kogoya were not obtained in the investigation stage. Then, there are weapons in the courtroom, the Judicial Commission should notice this as the insult against the court. Another fact, the post mortem letter has not a legation as the evidence.

“We asserted once more that Obby Kogoya never conducted the violence against the officers, the named suspect over him was full of manipulation, and during the trial, the police clearly showed their arrogant and racial discrimination,” wrote the statement.

Related to the verdict’s court, Emanuel Gobay would continue is assistance to Obby Kogoya. “He’s still town-prisoner. We have asked the suspension on his arrest with a guarantee that he is a student. If the case was handed to the prosecutor, we would continue the suspension because he is still an active student,” said Gobay.

He also obtained some evidence of video and photographs of the violence perpetrated by officers that would be used for the next advocacy. “This is convicted us, besides some witnesses that they didn’t see Obby do any action. Our witnesses even saw the police who do violence, hitting and beating,” he said.

When asked about the physiological condition of Obby Kogoya who’s now only 20 years old, Gobay said so far he is fine. “I am ready to run this process because basically I am do not do any crime,” said Gobay imitating Obby.(*/rom)

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A story of Ruth Dolly Pagawak, Papuan woman who recovered from Covid-19

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Ruth Dolly Pagawak. -Jubi/Hans

Manokwari, Jubi – Ruth Dolly Pagawak, twenty years old Papuan woman who declared negatives after two swab checks, could go home. She finally can meet her baby and the rest of her family on Saturday afternoon, 16 May 2020 after being quarantined at Papua Barat Provincial Hospital.

Along with Pagawak, other patients H. Abdullah Appe (62 years old) and La Marra (65 years old) were also declared has recovered from the Coronavirus. Papua Barat Governor Dominggus Mandacan officially take three of them out of the hospital.

While wearing a mask and holding her health certificate tightly, Pagawak told that her recovery is God’s blessing. “This is because of the grace of Lord Jesus that I was declared recovered of the Coronavirus,” said Pagawak holding a bucket of flowers by her doctors and nurses.

During her medical treatment at the hospital, Pagawak always listened to doctors and the medical team who treated her. She declared that listening to the government and medical staffs’ advice during the treatment is very important. By doing that, the body immune will stronger to combat the virus.

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“During my treatment, I routinely consumed vitamins and complied the doctors’ orders. I was also tried not being stressful because I believed that I would recover,” she said.

Since she was tested positive of Coronavirus in the mid of April, Pagawak has not experienced the most severe symptom. She claimed to only experience light symptoms such as cough and runny nose.

“I never experienced severe symptoms such as shortness of breath. I just had a cold and a mild cough.”

As the first Papuan woman who recovers from Coronavirus in Papua Barat, Pagawak advised people, in particular native Papuans, not to underestimate this virus. Still, they also do not need to overwhelm panic.

“The point is we must remain vigilant. Wear a mask, wash our hand routinely and get enough rest. We cannot avoid this virus because it is not visible. Therefore, we must follow all medical advice by the government, and never forget to pray and beg for mercy and recovery from God,” she said.

Pagawak told that she initially didn’t believe in her initial test confirming that she was Coronavirus positive because she was in the postpartum period. But with the support and permission of her husband, she finally agreed to take an initial medical treatment at Manokwari Hospital separately from her baby. She then continued to quarantine at Papua Barat Provincial Hospital since 1 May.

“I initially didn’t believe that I am Coronavirus positive. I just delivered my first child, who was six weeks at the time. So, when they took my baby and me from Warmare Subdistrict to Manokwari Hospital, we were treated separately,” she said.

This young mother also thanked the quarantine team of Papua Barat Provincial Hospital because of treating her and other patients sincerely and pouring them with encouragement and motivation.

“Personally, I thank the medical team, doctors and everybody who involved in Papua Barat Provincial Hospital. They are noble-hearted people because they treated us nicely. They are warm and always motivate us; therefore, we remain motivated to recover,” she said.

The information from the Covid-19 Task Force Papua Barat stated that Pagawak’s baby is currently undergoing treatment by a paediatrician at Manokwari Hospital. The baby, on the contrary, was declared negative since the initial examination and treated separately from the mother.
Meanwhile, Papua Barat Governor Dominggus Mandacan hopes that local community and neighbours of the recovered patients to accept them when they return to their family and neighbourhood.

“I hope people can accept them when they return to their family. Their recovery was also the hard work of the Papua Barat Provincial medical staff as well as our prayers,” said Mandacan at the Papua Barat Hospital on Saturday (16/5/2020). (*)

 

 

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Joyce Lin, a pilot of MAF crashed plane was also an IT specialist graduate from MIT

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Joyce Lin. – maf.org

Jayapura, Jubi – An aircraft operated by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) was reportedly being crashed and drown in Lake Sentani on Tuesday (12/5/2020). Locals reported the incident after hearing an explosion. After two minutes take-off from Sentani Airport to Mamit, Tolikara Regency, the aircraft lost contact with the air traffic control tower.

Tolikara Regent Usman Wanimbo told Jubi that the crashed aircraft was possibly carrying books and stationeries for Yayasan Papua Harapan based in Mamit. President GIDI, the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo, also said the same thing.

“The aircraft was carrying school books and stationeries to Mamit,” said the Rev. Wandikbo by phone to Jubi. The pilot of the crashed plane later identified as Joyce Lin, a US citizen. Her body found at a depth of 13 meters in Lake Sentani.

Joyce, according to the Rev. Wandikbo, had just flown in Papua, although she had many experiences flying the small aircraft.

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The website maf.org acknowledges Joyce Lin as a pilot and IT specialist. As a pilot, she flew the aircraft to help people living in remote and isolated areas by providing medical evacuation service for saving a life. She also transported logistic supplies for community development, missionaries, teachers, and humanitarian workers to these remote locations. Meanwhile, as an IT specialist, Joyce work to set up and maintain the computer networks for missionaries and humanitarian workers to contact their communities and to access information on the Internet.

Joyce Lin grew up in Colorado and Maryland. She involved in a non-denomination local evangelist church service from a young age. At the age of eight, she showed her interest in everything linked with computers, mainly computer programming. Her interest in aviation also developed at an early age when her neighbouring pilot took her to the local air show.

She later took the computer science in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering from the MIT. Because she had an interest in aviation, she also obtained a certificate of the private pilot while still in college.

After graduation, Joyce Lin worked as a computer specialist at a commercial company for ten years until obtaining a position of the Director of Engineering, while growing her enthusiasm towards seminary at the same time. She then registered as a student at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity. While studying theology there, she learned about the missionary flying service. It surprised her when knowing that there is a job that can combine her interest in computers, aviation and Christianity service at once. From there, she found a strong call to work as a missionary pilot. She had instrument certification and commercial flying certificate and experience working as a flight instructor to meet the requirement as a pilot for MAF. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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The body of crashed MAF aircraft found 13 meters below water

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Lake Sentani. -Ist

Jayapura, Jubi – Roberth Tunyanan from KNKT (the National Transportation Safety Committee) Papua said the body of a pilot killed in the crashed aircraft was found in Lake Sentani on Tuesday morning.

“I received the report stating the Rescue Team had found the body of MAF pilot flying the aircraft PK-MEC in Lake Sentani,” Tunyanan as quoted by Antara News Agency on Tuesday morning (12/5/2020).

The report also revealed that her body found at a depth of 13 meters trapped in the cockpit.

The website maf.org acknowledges Joyce Lin as a pilot and IT specialist. As a pilot, she flew the aircraft to help people living in remote and isolated areas by providing medical evacuation service for saving a life. She also transported logistic supplies for community development, missionaries, teachers, and humanitarian workers to these remote locations. Meanwhile, as an IT specialist, Joyce work to set up and maintain the computer networks for missionaries and humanitarian workers to contact their communities and to access information on the Internet.

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The aircraft controlled by Joyce Lin reportedly crashed around Lake Sentani that located between Jayapura Municipality and Jayapura Regency in Papua Province. The aeroplane took off at 6.27 a.m. local time and lost contact two minutes after take-off. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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