Jayapura, Jubi – The exodus wave of Papuan students from all over cities of Indonesia recently has caused six students dead and six others detained by the Papua Police.
The four dead victims Ason Mujijau, Eramanus Wesareak, Jery Murib and Otier Wenda were allegedly shot by police during a clash at Expo Waena on 23 September 2019 when the police forced students to dissolve from the rally. Among those victims, Wesareak was the youngest. He was registered as a high school student, while others were university students.
Meanwhile, another dead victim was a student Astinus Sama who died in a traffic accident. According to his family, he died after being hit by an unknown person on Sunday, 29 September 2019. However, the police said no one involved in the accident. It was a single-vehicle crash.
In this sense, the Secretary of Exodus Students Roby Hiktaop confirmed four students killed by bullets on 23 September and one died due to a hit-and-run accident on 29 September 2019.
By contrast, the Jayapura Police Chief Victor Dean Mackbon via the Sentani Timur Police Chief Heri Wicahya explained that Astinus Sama (21 years old) died in a single-vehicle crash.
“The accident occurred on Sunday morning when Astinus Sama drove his motorbike ‘SPM Honda Beat’ with plat number PA 3527 RQ from Waena to Sentani at high speed. As a result, he couldn’t control his stir while on the road in front of the floating restaurant in Sentani Timur. Losing the balance, he fell and was thrown from the motorbike alongside the road and immediately taken to Dian Harapan Hospital,” said Chief Heri as cited in the police news website Tribratanews.papua.polri.go.id.
Furthermore, Roby Hiktaop said after mass dissolution by police on 23 September 2019; the exodus students are now living with their families or student dormitories.
“Based on the recent meeting, the students plan to open a new post to protect the exodus students,” he said.
According to him, the exodus students are still intimidated by the authorities. Therefore, they cannot meet each other for organizing a meeting. “Our friends started to feel unsafe to live in Jayapura because the police keep their eyes on them. They have also been stalking by unknown people. So, many of them decided to go home to their respective regencies, but the police hold them before they arrived at the airport to be recorded and photographed.
Earlier, Emmanuel Gobai, the Director of Papua Legal Aid Institute, explained that six students are still in the police’s detention at the Papua Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Kotaraja, Jayapura. They are Assa Asso, Yogi Wenda, Jembrif Kogoya, Abraham Dote, Elimus Bayage and Yandu Kogoya. These students were arrested following the clash on 23 September 2019 at Expo Waena and charged for committing treason and other criminal acts according to the Indonesia Criminal Code.
Regional parliament members ask the police to reveal the cause of casualties in the Expo incident
A parliament member Edmus Gwijangge from the Commission of Governmental, Politics, Law and Human Rights of the Papuan House of Representatives (DPRP) asks the police to uncover and confirm the cause of the death of three students in a clash involving students and the security forces at Expo Waena, Heram Sub-district, Jayapura City on 23 September 2019.
He said the police must be transparent with this case. If they find that the cause of students’ death is bullets, they must reveal who did it;
given that the security forces in charge at that time were joint military, mobile brigade and police officers.
“Whether the students died because of mistreatment or other reasons, the police also need to reveal. Regarding a soldier who died during the incident, the police also must find out whether the perpetrator is a student or someone else,” said Gwijangge on Tuesday (01/10/2019).
According to him, after the Expo-Waena incident, the police is currently more focusing on arresting and investigating students who involved in the conflict as suspects.
“There should be transparency for the victims’ families. If the students died of being shot, who shot them? If this case is yet not revealed, it will give a wrong impression to the police.
Therefore, he hopes the new Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw would address this problem adequately and work with Papua Provincial Government and other stakeholders in solving many cases occurred in Papua.
“Some students and citizens who are currently in detention following the mass rally against racism should be immediately realized once they found not involved. If they are found guilty, please do not hold the legal process,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Head of Papua Police Public Relations Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said thirteen people currently named as suspects after the Expo-Waena incident.
“Initially, we named seven people as suspects. However, after further investigation, there are thirteen suspects. In the case of riot demonstration in Wamena, we currently determine seven suspects from previous three,” said the Police Commissioner Kamal.
Until now the police are continuing their investigation on these two cases that occurred in Expo-Waena Jayapura City and Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. There is a possibility that the number of suspects in both cases will increase if the police find other sufficient evidence. (*)
Reporter: David Sobolim/Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Maizier Pipit
MG was in Wamena when Istaka workers murdered, says MRP member
Jayapura, Jubi – Luis Madai, a member of Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP), said the person named for suspect in the murder of sixteen workers of PT Istaka Karya was not in Nduga at the time of the incident. Instead, Madai said, the suspect MG was in Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya Regency, Papua.
Madai declared his statement on Wednesday (22/1/2020). “During the incident [of murder], MG was in Wamena [with his family]” said Madai.
Therefore, he called the police to act fair and clever in investigating this case of ambush. Madai said the police investigation, in this case, seems to abuse the right of a person who does not have any knowledge about law and Indonesian by accusing him of the suspect.
“The police must see who is the real perpetrator. If they can see it clearly, they can find people who deserved to be arrested and brought to justice,” said Madai.
He then gave an example of Egianus Kogoya, the armed group leader from the West Papua National Liberation Army who had claimed be responsible for the murder. Madai also mentioned that the police should thoroughly examine the testimony given by Jhony Arung as the field supervisor of PT Istaka Karya.
“It is clear that Egianus Kogoya is the master of mind that the police should arrest. But they do not arrest him until now,” said Magai. Furthermore, he asked the police for tracing Arung’s current domicile. Johny Arung was one of the workers who were safe from the ambush.
The sixteen workers of PT Istaka Karya was killed in the ambush on 2 December 2018. The insurgent group from West Papua National Liberation Army under Egianus Kogoya claimed to be responsible towards this incident.
Meanwhile, the legal process against MG has become a controversial issue. MG was arrested by the military Task Force near the murder scene, Puncak Kabo, Yigi Sub-district, Nduga Regency and handed him to the local police of Jayawijaya.
The police admitted that MG is not a member of Kogoya’s group. On 15 August 2019, the Local Police of Jayawijaya held the reconstruction of Nduga ambush at the yard of Jayawijaya Police Headquarters. In the reconstruction, MG demonstrated 30 scenes of the shooting.
After the reconstruction, Jayawijaya Police Crime and Investigation Sub-unit Chief Alexander told Jubi that MG is not a member of Kogoya’s group but a partisan.
On 17 December 2019, Adjunct Police Commissionaire Suheriadi, Jayawijaya Crime and Investigation Unit, declared that MG has sent to Jakarta and would try in Jakarta. At that time he stated MG was named a suspect because he was at Puncak Kabo at the time of the ambush. “MG helped to determine whether the shot victims were already dead or not by stubbing their bodies,” he told Jubi on 17 December 2019.
The trial against MP that held in the Central Jakarta District Court has become a concern of many parties. On 17 January 2020, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) sent a letter to the Head of the Central Jakarta District Court asking the panel of judges to consider the teeth examination towards the suspect to estimate the actual age of the suspect. KPAI sent the letter after receiving information that MG is still a child but conduct a trial in a public court.
Meanwhile, the Papuan People’s Representative has published their investigation in a book titled “Kekerasan tak Berujung di Nduga” which means the endless violence in Nduga. This report concludes that the murder of PT Istaka Karya workers did not occur spontaneously, but preceded by a series of events involving the insurgent group from West Papua National Liberation Army and the workers. In their report, the Papuan People’s Assembly reviews the role of Jhony Arung in the series of event that led to the murder of sixteen PT Istaka Karya workers. (*)
Reporter: Benny Mawel
Editor: Pipit Maizier
New Brimob headquarters faces land and personnel issues
Wamena, Jubi – Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters planned to build in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua Province face both land and personnel issues.
Senior Police Commissionaire Godhelp Mansnembra, the Unit Commander of Papua Police’s Brimob, said despite these two issues they still need coordination with the local police chief of Jayawijaya Regency.
“We are not planning to build a big headquarters, but at least it is enough for accommodating a company. So, perhaps we can set a post for a start. It also relates to personnel recruitment,” Mansnembra said in Wamena on Wednesday (22/1/2020).
The Papua Police has formed the Mobile Brigade Detachment D in Jayawijaya with 171 personnel, but they are planning to expand their personnel to 400.
“We have a Brimob detachment here. With more than 400 troopers, they would not only be assigned in Jayawijaya Regency, but also to other regions such as Merauke, Mappi and Wamena,” he said.
If the land is available, we will start to build the headquarters command for a company at least next year.
“Regarding other facilities, we already have vehicles, but considering the expensive fuel and maintenance cost in Wamena, we need to wait until the settlement of the land issue to bring those operational vehicles here,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Regent of Jayawijaya Marthin Yogobi said from the meeting with Brimob Unit Commander there was no discussion concerning the construction of Brimob Headquarters. However, the regional government had facilitated the installation of some Brimob posts in several points to support peace and order in society.
“During the meeting with Brimob Unit Commander, there was no discussion about such plan of extra personnel deployment to Jayawijaya region,” he said.
Further, Yogobi said the commander’s visit to Jayawijaya was also to inspect his personnel’s promptness ahead of local councillor’s inauguration which planned taking place Wednesday (23/1/2020)
“The existing Brimob troop in Jayawijaya is sufficient to support security during the inauguration,” he said. (*)
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Papua Government will find solutions for exodus students
Jayapura, Jubi – The Provincial Government of Papua would attempt to address problems facing the exodus students who continue to stay in Jayapura City, Papua.
Papua Provincial Secretary Herry Dosinaen told hundreds of exodus students who wish to meet Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in a meeting facilitated by the Papuan People’s Assembly.
“The governor just called saying he now has a meeting with the Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Education. They talk about the possibility listed exodus students for being able to resume their studies at their former educational institutions,” the provincial secretary told hundreds of exodus students on Wednesday (22/1/2020).
Meanwhile, Papuan House of Representatives’ Chairman Jhony Banua Rouw hopes the meeting between the provincial government, local parliament and the exodus students can accommodate both parties to a better solution.
“We are trying to find solutions for these students because it is not easy for them to return to their former cities of study and adapt to it. However, we can find a way to make them feel safe,” he said.
According to him, before the students return to their former cities of study, it is the government’s responsibility for ensuring that the students would be safe and secured. Therefore, there will be no more racism incidents to occur in the future.
“We must take immediate actions before the enrolment begins to avoid late enrolment that can affect their academic result and emotion in the cities of study,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Agus Pabika
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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