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Attorneys question public prosecutor’s indictment of ten-year sentence against their clients

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Defense trial of Jakub Fabian Skrzypski and Simon Magal against Public Prosecutor’s indictment in Wamena District Court, Tuesday (23/4/2019)-Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – Legal representatives of Jakub Fabian Skrzypski and Simon Magal, Latifah Anum Siregar and Aloysius Renwarin, question the indictment of public prosecutor against their clients in a defence trial conducted in Wamena District Court on Tuesday (23/4/2019). In the prior lawsuit, the state prosecutor charged their clients with a ten-year sentence.

Simon Magai’s lawyer, Aloysius Renwarin, said based on the testimonies of all witnesses presented by the public prosecutor, there is no statement reveals Magai’s involvement in this case. Even all witnesses did not understand about his status in this trial.

“He (Simon) did not involve in the activities related to attacks and all sort of things that accused on him. Therefore, we ask the panel of judges to make a fair decision, and he will be free from the charges,” Renwarin told reporter after the trial.

The accusation that his client has violated the treason article does not make sense,” said Renwarin, because Simon did not commit a violation against the state. He only communicated with defendant Jakub Fabian Skrzypski via social media app. Therefore, there is no evidence showing the attack on the country or destroyed place due to an attack. So this not meets the criteria of treason crime.

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“Ten-year sentence without strong legal fact, as well as trial facts including evidence and eight witnesses that reveals Simon’s involvement in this treason court, does not make sense,” he continued.

Meanwhile, legal attorney of Jakub Fabian Skrzypski, Latifah Anum Siregar, considered that two of ten witnesses presented in the previous hearing was able to categorise as non-valid witnesses because they were not seeing, listening or witnessing when the incident occurred, or these witnesses considered as those who heard news from someone else.

She also questions why only Jakub Fabian Skrzypski accused against the treason article because of his meeting with some people from an illegal organisation as revealed in the court by Edward Wandik.

“Before Jakub met with KNPB who accused against the country, committed a crime, the fact is many people or other organizations have met or published books or articles, made a video or youtube channel related to this group. But they are not arrested or take to the court,” said Anum Siregar.

Furthermore, said Anum, in the meeting at the KNPB Secretariat both in Jayapura and Timika, Jakub was not alone. He came with other people, but why those people not being charged with the treason article?

“From what we stated in the defence trial, the treason articles charged against my client was not proven, including Article 106, 87 and 55 paragraph (1). Therefore all charges against Jakub Fabian Skrzypski was not fulfilled and therefore was not proven legally and convincingly according to the law,” she said.

The next trial session will conduct in Wamena District Court on Thursday (04/25/2019) to schedule a hearing of the prosecutor’s disclosure to the defense trial. (*)

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HIV/AIDS transmission in Jayapura Regency claimed to decline

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Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Health Office claims HIV/AIDS cases in Jayapura Regency has declined with only 3,202 cases occurred until last year.

“HIV/AIDS prevention is a complex issue. It would not only the responsibility of the health office, but all parties should contribute in educating the community,” said Pungut Sunarto, the Division Head of Disease Prevention and Management of the Jayapura Regional Health Office, on Tuesday (21/1/2020).

People living with HIV/AIDS in Jayapura Regency are mostly the productive age group ranging from 20-49 years old. There are also infants and children among patients.

“We are always updating the report on people living with HIV/AIDS [in our region]. If not, they would not be able to access the ARV,” said Pungut.

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He further said that the family plays a crucial role in preventing HIV/AIDS transmission. Similarly, he continued, life endurance among people living with HIV/AIDS depends on the support from their closest family.

“Those living with HIV/AIDS who regularly take their medicines (ARV) can reduce their medicine (ARV) can reduce the risk of virus transmission. So, please do not blame and stigmatise them,” said Pungut.

Meanwhile, a Sentani resident Edison Sineri agrees that parents have a significant role in preventing their children from behaviours that likely lead to the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexual diseases.

“Currently, young people are easily get involved in promiscuity that difficult to control by parents. It possibly leads them to negative behaviours.” (*)

 

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Lawyers question commitment over Papuan political prisoners’ right

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Nabire, Jubi – The Papua Coalition for Law Enforcement and Human Rights urges the attorney general to fulfil the right of health for seven political prisoners detained in Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur and consider it as a neglection of the prisoners’ rights.

“We release this statement after one of our clients experienced vomiting blood. He had an internal disease issue,” said the Coordinator Emanuel Gobay on Friday (24/1/2020).

The coalition team asks the Papuan Attorney General’s commitment to providing the right of health to the prisoners as previously promised. It never occurred. Indeed, the Attorney General has neglected their family’s right to visit.

“If the seven detainees were in Papua, of course, their family can come to visit and find an alternative for health treatment.

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Therefore, Gobay urges the Attorney General of Papua to recall the seven political prisoners to Jayapura. He said the security issue is no longer relevant as a reason to allocate their trial outside of Papua.

“It is unfair (for the seven detainees) referred that all the trial hearings of anti-racism case held in Papua. All those trials are going well and safe,” asserted Gobay.

Meanwhile, a coalition member Oktovianus Tabuni added that in principle the seven political prisoners are respecting their legal process. However, they want to have their trial in Papua.

“The principle of a trial is to have a timely and low-cost process. Do not let it (the trial) float up like what has been happening now,” said Tabuni. (*)

 

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Autonomy budget cut off, Jayawijaya Government reduce supplementary feeding budget

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Wamena, Jubi – The Government of Jayawijaya Regency has reduced the number of schools to receive funding on the Supplementary Feeding Program (PMTAS). The reduction relates to the Special Autonomy Funds cut off for the PON (the National Games) 2020

Nurlili, an official at the Jayawijaya Village Community Empowerment Office (DPMK), said last year the program was running in five schools in Napua, Maima, Musaftaf, Wita Waya and Wadangku subdistricts.

“There allocate for only two schools this year because of the budget cut off for the PON. We depend on the Special Autonomy Funds for this program,” Nurlili said in Wamena on Tuesday (21/1/2020).

In 2020, the local government plans to implement the program in four sub-districts, namely Asolokobal, Wesaput, Muliama and Tagime. “But, Muliama and Tagime sub-districts are a bit far, so we decided to implement the program in the zone two, namely in SD YPPK Hepuba in Asolokobal Sub-district and SD Inpres Wesaput in Wesaput Subdistrict,” he said.

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The budget allocation for PMTAS Year 2020 reduced from IDR 857 million to IDR 468 million.

However, Nurlili hopes that in February they can conduct training for teachers and women at sub-districts and village levels on healthy food for children.

“At the end of the training, we will purchase some items that are not available in sub-districts and villages to deliver in March. They will be cooking food for the pupils, and we will monitor its implementation. There will be a payment for the cooks, but they should submit the report first,” he said.

In addition to food ingredients, the local government also provides cash for schools to purchase some food from the local markets to help the cash flow of villages and sub-districts.

“This program is very critical because President Jokowi has instructed us to decrease stunting among children. Therefore, we allocate the PMTAS for the primary school children because it is their growth period,” he said. (*)

 

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