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Manokwari, Jubi – Foreign journalists and monitoring institutions can monitor general elections in Indonesia, particularly Manokwari, West Papua province, if they secure permits and immigration documents.

The permits can be obtained from the Foreign Ministry, Chief of the Manokwari Immigration Office Bugie Kurniawan said in a press briefing on Friday (12/4/2019).

The foreign monitoring institutions must be official institutions accredited by the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu).

“Foreign monitoring institutions can monitor the elections through two ways. One of them is that they are invited by the elections’ organizers such as KPU (General Elections Commission) and Bawaslu,” he said.

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The second way is that they can file applications, while they must meet qualifications as monitoring institutions, he said.

Foreign journalists wishing to cover the elections must secure a permit from the Foreigners’ Visits Coordination Team (Tim Pora) at the Foreign Ministry. The team is made up of representatives from the State Intelligence Board (BIN), the National Police (Polri), immigration office and other related supervisory elements.

He said the Manokwari Immigration Office will supervise foreign nationals before and after the April 17, 2019 elections.

The Immigration Office is coordinating and exchanging information with Bawaslu, intelligence officials, and law enforcers and Tim Pora.

“We will supervise foreign journalists and monitoring officers up to a sub-district level before, during and after the 2019 elections,”: he said.

On 10th April, Bugie Kurniawan has insisted that it will take firm action against foreign journalists trying to cover the elections in West Papua.

“We will act firmly if there are foreign media [journalists] reporting on April 17. Report them to use if there are foreigners covering TPS [polling stations], we will secure and deport those concerned and enter their names on the banned list”, he said.

Kurniawan continued saying that the immigration office is coordinating with the General Elections Supervisory Board in dealing with foreign journalists reporting in West Papua. (*)

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Legal counsel Warinussy: We refute the prosecutor’s indictment and will submit an exception

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Three students Erik Aliknoe, Pende Mirin and Yunus Aliknoe were preparing to attend the indictment reading trial by the prosecutor at the Manokwari District Court. -Jubi/Hans Arnold Kapisa

Manokwari, Jubi – The legal counsel of three students who respectively arrested following the anti-racism protest in Manokwari on 3 September 2019 said he is ready to submit an exception against the public prosecutor’s indictment in the inaugural trial session held at the Manokwari District Court on Thursday (13/2/2020).

The three students took to the court after their involvement as orators and negotiators in a rally to protest the racism against Papuans at Gunung Salju Amban, Manokwari, on 3 September 2019, which attended by hundreds of protestors.

In the indictment, the prosecutor declared that the three defendants had said provocatives and resistance words against the police who were on duty securing the demonstration.

As the results of their provocative words, the protest mob had moved to fight the police by throwing water mineral bottles and stones to the police, causing injuries to the police.

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Meanwhile, Yan Christian Warinussy as the legal counsel team chief said his clients Erik Aliknoe, Pende Mirin and Yunus Aliknoe had not been able to accept the prosecutor’s indictment. Regarding this, his team will submit an exception in the next hearing session.

“We ask for a week to study the indictment as well as to prepare an exception,” said Warinussy.

On the other hand, Benoni A Kombado in the indictment stated that the three defendants had violated the public speech as regulated in article 106 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with article 55 paragraph 1 to 1e of the Criminal Code.

On the request by the legal counsel of the three defendants, the Chair Judge Sonny L.B. Loemurry suspended the trial and said it would be resumed on Thursday, 20 February 2020 with the agenda of hearing the exception by the legal counsel on the prosecutor’s indictment. (*)

 

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Sayang Mandabayan charged with treason, legal counsellor applying an exception

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The Defendant Sayang Mandabayan during the first trial at the Manokwari District Court with the agenda of the indictment reading by the prosecutor. -Jubi/Hans Arnold Kapisa

Manokwari, Jubi – The Public Prosecutor of the Manokwari District Attorney accused Sayang Mandabayan with treason article 106 in conjunction with article 53 of the Indonesian Criminal Code in the indictment reading at the Manokwari District Court on Thursday (13/02/2020).

In the indictment, the public prosecutor from the Manowari District Attorney General Benoni A. Kambado indicted the defendant Sayang Mandabayan participating as an orator in the anti-racism protest in Sorong City on 19 August 2019 which ended in chaos.

Furthermore, he appointed that with the same intention, the defendant left for Manokwari on 3 September 2019 to attend the similar protest on the same day. However, the police and airport security officers arrested her and seized her luggage at Rendani Airport, Manokwari.

The public prosecutor also mentioned in the indictment that, with her own initiative, Mandabayan had prepared 1,496 miniatures of morning star flag made by paper and stick, 4 pieces of white t-shirts with monkey images and 3 reams of printed song lyrics ‘Dari Ombak Besar’ and ‘Hai Tanahku Papua’.

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Meanwhile, Mandabayan’s legal counsel Metuzalak Awom said he would file an objection against the indictment, given that the location of the trial and the place of detention against his clients are under the jurisdiction of Manokwari.

“We will submit an exception because of the facts mentioned in the indictment were not match with the locus (place) of the incident,” he told Jubi on Thursday (13/2/2020) in Manokwari.

Furthermore, he considered there was an attempt of criminalisation against his client by connecting the incident in Sorong with the arrest of Mandabayan at Rendani Manokwari Airport.

“Whether it would be accepted or not, our exception would clearly be an early indication to the prosecutor’s indictment before we are going into the substantive matter,” he said.

In the meantime, the panel judges chair Faisal Kossah approved the request of Mandabayan’s attorney to conduct an exception.

“We suspend the hearing until next week on 20 February 2020 with the agenda of hearing the exception by the legal counsellor on the prosecutor’s indictment,” concluded Faisal. (*)

 

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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DVI Team identifies 10 victims of crashed MI-17 helicopter

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Illustration Helicopter Bell 412 TNI AD. – Doc. Pendam XVII Cenderawasih

Jayapura, Jubi – Some 10 out of the 12 victims of the MI-17 helicopter that had crashed on Mount Mandala, Oksob Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, have been identified, according to a spokesman.

The victims were identified from their uniform, Col. Infantry Binsar Sianipar, commander of the military regional command (Korem) 172/PWY, stated on Saturday.

Only two victims could not be identified owing to the condition of their bodies. The police’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team will identify them, he added.

Sianipar is currently leading the operation to evacuate victims of the crashed MI-17 helicopter.

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The 10 identified bodies belong to 1st Lt Ahwar, the copilot; 2nd Sgt Dita Ilham; Capt. Bambang, the flight engineer; Capt Haris Afik, the pilot; Chief Sgt Suryatna, T/I; 1st Private Asharul, the mechanic; 2nd Private Sudjono Kaimudin; 2nd Private Yanuar; 1st Private Risno; and 2nd Private Tegar.

The Russia-made military helicopter, operated by the Indonesian Army Aviation Center, with 12 passengers aboard, including five members of the 725 Infantry Battalion/WRG, went missing during its flights from Oksibil to Sentani, Papua, on June 28, 2019.

The ill-fated helicopter is believed to be in a mountainous area at 12,500 feet above sea level, with a slope of around 90 degrees, or perpendicular.

A helicopter, earlier deployed to locate the Mi-17 helicopter, managed to spot it only once while being airborne and was compelled to return to Oksibil owing to bad weather, Sianipar stated, adding that most likely, the rescuers must head to the location on foot. (*)

 

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