Tuesday, July 10, 2012

1) Act of terror against leader of the Baptist Church in Papua

1) Act of terror against leader of the Baptist Church in Papua

2) Soldier’s wife murdered

from Tapol
1) Act of terror against leader of the Baptist Church in Papua
Report from Matius Murib

Act of Terror perpetrated against the President of the Alliance of Baptist Churches

At around 7.30pm, on Thursday 6 July,  a group of four policemen from the elite force Brimob, Papua District, stopped the car in which the chairman of the Baptist Synod, Socrates Sofian Yoman was travelling, together with his wife and their three children, along with Matius Murib, the former deputy chairman of Komnas HAM-Papua. They were on their way home after attending prayers at Kota Raja Luar.The car door was forced open by someone, and another member of Brimob shone a torch.in the face of Revd Yoman.

Matius Murib said: 'Why have you stopped here? Who are you? Who are you working for? If you aren't happy about the police, dont behave like this.'

Murib later told the media that apparently they had been followed since they were driving past the town library. The police who had been travelling in a truck pointed their torch at Yoman.

In response to this unacceptable behaviour, he said: 'I'm sorry. It wasn't deliberate.'  But within five minutes, the police started pushing the body of this man who is  a well-known church leader, while shouting at him.

Matius Murib  thought that the  police didn't realise that they were  talking to the President of the Synod of the Baptist Church, Revd Socrares Sofian Yoman.

At this point, a senior police officer arrived at the scene to caution the police who were terrorising the President of the Synod. They subsequently withdrew and returned to their barracks.

Matius said that this incident would be reported to the deputy police chief in Papua.'Go ahead and report. We aren't afraid '  the four policemen replied. They then withdrew  from the scene and left, going in the direction of the police command office in  Abepura.

Matius Murib said that he hoped that  the chief of police would investigate this case and call to account the four police officers who had behaved so arrogantly  towards a well known leader of the Papuan people. The action they had taken was a deliberate act of provocation intended to arouse the feelings of the Papuan people.

'We call for an end to such acts of terror and violence perpetrated against the indigenous Papuan people.The Papuan people will continue to press for peaceful dialogue  between Jakarta and Papua.'

Matius Murib, Director

[Translated by TAPOL]


2) Soldier’s wife murdered

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Only two days after the killings of a soldier and two civilians in Paniai regency, Papua, another civilian was stabbed to death and left on the streets of Jayapura in the latest episode of violence in the province.

The victim was identified as Eva Cristianty, 23, who was the wife of First Sergeant Mohammad Mahdi, of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) Regional Military Command (Kodam) XVII Cendrawasih, who was assigned to Jayapura.

Her body was found on the side of the street linking the Kodam building and Jayapura’s Mayor Office by First Pvt. Mohson, who was on duty at the Detachment Division’s Security Unit of Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih, at around 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

“The witness was heading to his work place located at the Regional Military Command headquarters when he saw a body lying on the street between the Mayor’s Office and the Kodam building. He [Mohson] reported his finding to the security guards at Kodam,” said Jayapura Police chief AKBP Alfred Papare, adding that case was later reported to the city police.

Alfred said there was a suspicion that where the body was found was not the scene of the crime, adding that the victim may have been killed in another location before being taken to the said street.

“Our presumption was the street was not the crime scene because we found nothing there but the body. There were no signs of blood or any other evidence that showed that she was murdered there,” Alfred said.

The victim sustained injuries to the neck, left temple and wrists. The body was later taken to the regional hospital, RSUD Dok II Jayapura.

“We are still investigating the motive of the killing,” said Afred.

The death of Evi increased the number of murders in the region. Previously, three people — one soldier and two civilians — were killed in Ndeotadi village in Bogobaida district, Paniai regency.

The identified victims were chief warrant officer Sunaryo, 51, a member of Paniai Military District Command; and two civilians, Rosmini, 28, and Aco, 18. They were also found with wounds all over their bodies.

An ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver, Ahmad Zaini, 35, was also killed by an unidentified group of people in Siepkosi village, Walelagama district, while another individual was injured but managed to escape the attack.


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