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Defendant Dorti Kawena during a consultation with the legal counsel team in the hearing held in Jayapura on Wednesday (6/11/2019). – Jubi/Angela Flassy

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura District Court Class IA started the hearing case on alleged the criminal acts of violence and destruction in Jayapura that occurred on 29 August 2019. The legal advisor stated that he would submit an exception on the prosecutor’s charges to the four defendants.

The hearing court which chaired by the Judge Maria Magdalena Sitanggang with two other panel members Muliyawan and Abdul Gafur Bungin started at 1 p.m where the prosecutor Adrianus Y Tomana named four defendants who tried for separate cases.

Three of four defendants are the students of Cenderawasih University (Uncen) in Jayapura. They are Dorti Kowena (the first-semester student, Mamberamo Raya origin, arrested on 20 August 2019), Yali Loho (8th-semester student, Yalimo origin), and Pandra Wenda (3rd-semester student).

In the first trial, Dorti Kawena who’s only 18 years old was charged with deliberately destroying goods or committing violence to cause injuries as stipulated in Article 170 paragraph 2 number 1 of the Criminal Code (KUHP). The prosecutor argued that Kawana, along with the mob, carried out destruction along the road from Kotaraja to Governor Office at Dok II. Furthermore, the prosecutor, in detail described the method of destruction by throwing stones.

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Similar to Kawena, Pandra Wenda (19 years old) was also charged with the same allegation in the third trial. Meanwhile, in the second trial conducted on Wednesday, Yali Loho (22 years old) was charged for lighting a fire. Therefore, he was charged with Article 187 paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code related to risk the public goods by fire. Loho was also charged with Article 170 paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code for deliberately conducting violence against people or goods

In the meantime, the last defendant on Wednesday trial was Wilem Walilo, as a civil servant from the Sanitation Office. He was arrested on 30 August 2019 for carrying ‘badik’ (sort of knife) inserted between his waist. At the time of his arrest, Walilo who’s resident of Dok V Bawah was on the road toward APO to feed his pigs.

When crossing the road in front of the Papua Governor Office, Walilo passed the mob of students. Therefore, he turned his motorbike to Dok V Atas towards APO. He was then arrested by police while on the road for carrying a sharp weapon. The prosecutor charged him with Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Law No 12 of 1951.

As the legal advisor of the defendants, lawyer Sugeng Teguh Santoso declared to submit an exception to the court. “In the trial, we do not only use the criminal law perspective but also refer to Article 170 of the Criminal Code or the Emergency Law Number 12 of 1951. We will explore the politics of humiliation against indigenous Papuans. We will convey this issue on our exception next week,” said Sugeng.

Suspension of the trials against eleven defendants  

Public prosecutor Adrianus Y Tomana also called for other eleven defendants. The panel of judges then called for eleven defendants, but their legal counsel team denied the summon.

“We (rejected because) only accepted four trials, while there is no submission for other trials,” said Sugeng Teguh Santoso.

Meanwhile, the panel of judges states the issue of summons was only a misunderstanding in communication. Therefore, they asked the understanding of the legal counsel team to let the judges opened the next trials. However, when they found out that the eleven defendants have not yet signed the letter of statement for their legal counsel, the judges decided to suspend the hearing until Thursday (7/11/2019).

In the meantime, the legal counsel of defendants Federika Korain of the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) of Gabah Papua stated that based on her notes, only four defendants already have legal documents for the hearing at court. Therefore, Korain were questioning the prosecutor to call the eleven defendants to the trial.

“We finally asked the hearing to discontinue due to some issues of the legal procedures. For instance, most of the defendants have not yet received their charges. They have not received the summon formally. Even, some of them were arrested with unwarranted legal status.

Peradi will provide legal assistance for twenty-seven Papuans 

As the Secretary-General of Peradi (the National Leadership Council of the Indonesian Advocates Association of Luhut MP Pangaribuan), Sugeng Teguh Santoso said Peradi had set an advocacy team who would provide legal assistance for 27 indigenous Papuans arrested concerning the mass riot of 29 August 2019. The establishment of the advocacy team was a response to the request of the Papua’s People Assembly to Peradi.

“MRP requested Peradi to provide advocacy. After discussion, we thought that the defendants of indigenous Papuans need our assistance. We need to make further approach besides the legal perspective. In doing this, we will work with LBH Gabah Papua,” he said.” (*)

 

Reporter: Angela Flassy

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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

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The body of crashed MAF aircraft found 13 meters below water

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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

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