Friday, August 24, 2012

1) Govt to take all necessary measures on Papua violence

1) Govt to take all necessary measures on Papua violence

2) Police Pursuing OPM, Not Torching Homes
3) Papua police detain four following latest shooting
4) Body of murdered Paniai police officer to be brought to Jayapura


1) Govt to take all necessary measures on Papua violence

The government has warned it will take all necessary measures to locate those responsible for the recent shootings in Papua.

Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto said on Thursday that the government’s heavy-handed response to the recent shootings in Papua should not be misconstrued as a human rights violation, as it was a risk that had to be taken in locating the perpetrators.

“The government has been working hard to uphold peace in Papua, but all of our efforts in the land have been destroyed by these unidentified shooters. We will chase and arrest those responsible for the incidents,” said Djoko.

“We will take all necessary action to track them down, so don’t blame us for any human rights violations, because they are the human rights violators who terrorize members of the security forces and the people of the land,” Djoko said at his ministry, after a coordination meeting with the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Lt. Gen. Marciano Norman, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo, and Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Adm. Agus Suhartono on Thursday.

However, he did not specify who the suspects were, arguing that the government was having difficulties in carrying out the investigation due to Papua’s challenging topography. 

BIN chief Marciano Norman suspected that the violence in Papua likely related to groups that had received funds from foreign companies operating in Papua.

“We are still investigating this possibility. It is important for all foreign companies operating in Papua to communicate with us in regard to making donations, so that the money is not misused, for instance, to fund separatist movements,” Marciano said.

Four people, including police officer Brig. Yohan Kisiwaitoi, and head of the Forestry Department of Sarmi regency, Ayub Natanubun, were killed during recent attacks by unidentified perpetrators in Papua. 

Yohan Kisiwaitoi was shot dead in Paniai regency on Tuesday by an unidentified gunman, who reportedly escaped with the victim’s weapon. 

Two staff members of contractor company PT Putra Dua were also killed during an attack by unidentified perpetrators in a camp belonging to the company on Wednesday. The attack also severely injured two other staff members who were also at the camp.

Earlier on Saturday, Ayub Natanubun, who led the Forestry Department of the Sarmi Regency in northern Papua, was reportedly shot dead by another unidentified gunman while crossing the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Separately, Poengky Indarti of human rights watchdog Imparsial, decried the government’s approach to the violence in Papua.

“I think this is the best time for the government to prove its commitment to a peaceful dialogue with Papuans, as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has continuously said that his government is open to such a dialogue with all stakeholders in Papua,” said Poengky.

“A security approach will result in nothing but deeper terror for the Papuans, which will persuade them that separation from Indonesia is the best solution to become free from the government’s oppressive approach,” Poengky told The Jakarta Post.

She cited the example of the government forcefully arresting 60 people during a sweeping operation in several villages in Paniai regency in 2010, in order to search for suspects responsible for a series of shootings in the province. 

She reminded the government to faithfully apply appropriate standard operating procedures (SOPs) in upholding the law in Papua, as the watchdog recorded several cases where the government violated the SOPs in relation to locating alleged perpetrators of violence.

“The government will usually deploy the police’s Mobile Brigade [Brimob] or the Densus 88 counterterrorism unit in trying to solve mysterious shootings in Papua, an assignment that is usually handled by the police in other parts of this country. This is just not right,” Poengky said. (png)

2) Police Pursuing OPM, Not Torching Homes
Thursday, 23 August, 2012 | 15:26 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveJakarta:Paniai Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Anthonius Diance denied that police had set homes of villagers on fire in their pursuit of a gunman who killed 29-year-old officer Yohan Kisiwaito.

"No such thing. Only a Honai (traditional house), small one, was believed to be the hideout of the perpetrator (OPM), so it was burned down," said Anthonius Diance, Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

According to him, the police did not arrest people indiscriminately. "No, about the burning of houses, that's not true. It was a honai, the perpetrator is believed to be hiding in there. "

He says that in Tuesday afternoon’s pursuit, there was an exchange of fire with OPM members hiding in the hills. "Yes, but none of our members were wounded, they fled," he said.

The chase was a joint operation by the military and the police. There was another exchange of fire on Wednesday morning, but the culprit fled. "Once the perpetrators mingle with the people, it’s difficult for us because everyone looks pretty much the same," he said.

Marko Pekei, a leading Church figure in Paniai, says that three explosions were heard in the morning. "It’s like a ghost town here. Civil servants are not working. Schools are closed. Only the police are visible, patrolling," he said. Brigpol Yohan Kisiwaito was shot while washing his car at the end of the Enarotali Airport. His killer fled by crossing Lake Paniai in a speed boat, taking off with him the V2 weapons carried by the victim.


3) Papua police detain four following latest shooting
Thu, August 23 2012 16:38 WIB | Read 90 time(s)
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Paniai Police in Papua Province detained four people following the death of policeman Brigadier Yohan Kasimatau in Paniai District`s capital city of Enarotali on Tuesday (Aug 21). 

Chief of the Paniai Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Anthon Diantje, confirmed details about the arrest here Thursday, saying the suspects were being questions since they allegedly had known about the shooting. 

"The investigators are trying to get information from them, Diantje. He, however, admitted that it was very difficult to make the suspects talk.

Also, he denied that violence was used during the investigation. If the four suspects were found innocent, they would be released, he stated.

Those arrested included Steven Degei, Matias Kouki, Alosius Degei and Melianus Degei.

Brigadier Yohan Kasimatau was shot dead by rebels while washing a police car at the end of an airstrip at 10.30 am local time on Tuesday. His V2 firearm was stolen before the separatists fled in a speed boat. 

The separatist Free Papua Movement Organization (OPM), which is led by Jhon Yogi, is believed to have some 20 firearms of various types, police said.

Police identified the attackers as six members of the Jhon Yogi group. Anthon said the rebels fled with a speed boat after killing Yohan.

The body of the victim has been delivered to Nabire, where his wife and children live, but on Thursday he will be taken to Jayapura to be buried in his hometown.

Anthon said besides the firearms, the group was also believed to have a large amount of ammunition, which enabled its members to engage in a Tuesday gunfight with security officers that lasted from 2 pm until 5 pm local time.

4) Body of murdered Paniai police officer to be brought to Jayapura
Thu, August 23 2012 16:30 WIB | Read 76 time(s)
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - The body of police officer Brigadier Yohan Kasimatau, who was shot dead by a rebel group on Tuesday, will be transferred from Nabire to Jayapura on Thursday, Senior Commissioner Johanes Nugroho, a spokesman for the Papua police said.

Kasimatau, a Paniai district police officer, was attacked while he was alone and washing a police car at the Enarotali air terminal complex near Lake Paniai.
The police have identified his attackers as the Jhon Yogi group, which consists of six armed members. The assailants reportedly fled on a speed boat after killing the officer.
Nugroho said that Kasimatau`s body was flown from Enaroali to Nabire on Wednesday, and is expected to be brought to the Sentani airport in Jayapura later on Thursday.

"The body of Yohan Kasimatau is expected to arrive at the Sentani airport from Nabire at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon local time," he added.

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