Thursday, May 8, 2014

1) Police investigate cross-border arms-for-drugs barter in Papua

1) Police investigate cross-border arms-for-drugs barter in Papua
2) Papua Police Arrest 3 Alleged Marijuana Traffickers
3) Dems win DPR elections  in Papua

4) Komnas HAM Seeks to Question Prabowo Over 1997 Kidnappings


1) Police investigate cross-border arms-for-drugs barter in Papua

Thu, May 8 2014 19:39 | 358 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Police has investigated the cross-border marijuana barter trade with weapons that occurred at the border of Papua and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

"We believe that many perpetrators have bartered the marijuana grown in PNG with weapons or other agreed necessities from Indonesia," Drugs Mitigation Director in Papua Regional Police Senior Commissioner Tornagogo Sihombing claimed here on Thursday.

Tornagogo made the remark following the arrest of three Jayapura citizens who owned 7.2 kilograms of marijuana.

The police have also seized a homemade weapon and 96 munitions of 7.62 mm from the suspects.

The suspects admitted that they had procured the weapon and munitions from Ambon city, which is probably a leftover weapon from the past conflict in the region.

Tornagogo reported that the PNG people used the weapons to protect themselves from the other armed groups in the country.

The police have not yet arrested the marijuana supplier with the initial R from PNG as the suspect only delivers marijuana to the Indonesia-PNG border.

The police have also identified a PNG citizen who worked as a marijuana courier.

"We have reported the information to the Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo of PNG," he added.

The Papuan Police had earlier arrested three persons suspected of operating a drug network in Papua on Friday.

The suspects and evidences are still in police custody.
Editor: Priyambodo RH

2) Papua Police Arrest 3 Alleged Marijuana Traffickers

By Banjir Ambarita on 06:05 pm May 08, 2014
Category CrimeNews
Jayapura. Papua Police arrested three people for allegedly smuggling marijuana from Papua New Guinea into the province, a crime that could land the suspects lifetime imprisonment.
“They transported the marijuana using the land route from Wutung, Jayapura and from Hamadi Sea,” Papua Police’s director of narcotics unit, Sr. Cmr. Tornagogo Sihombing, said on Thursday.
The three suspects, identified only as Y, M and S, were arrested last Friday. The police also seized 7.2 kilograms of marijuana that could have been distributed to Sorong, Ambon and Makassar.
The suspects claimed the drugs were purchased in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea from some local residents.
Tornagogo said the suspects planned to deliver the marijuana by using a boat. “Marijuana from PNG is believed to be of much better quality than the one from Aceh,” he said.
The suspects admitted they managed to smuggle marijuana from Papua New Guinea at least six times. Papua Police have sent out a notice to Interpol to arrest the marijuana suppliers in Vanimo.
Tornagogo said the suspects might face a life sentence for violation of the 2009 Narcotics Law.
In February, Jakarta Police arrested three people after more than half a ton of marijuana was found in trucks en route from from Aceh to Java.
Two suspects — alleged couriers A.N. and A.J. — were arrested in Beji, Depok, recently with 84 kilograms of marijuana. Police said they had distributed more than 100 kilograms of marijuana to West Jakarta and some universities, including University of Indonesia in Depok and Pancasila University in South Jakarta.
Police reported that the suspects had said they would frequently send marijuana to the two universities — at most 6 kilograms at a time — and that they were paid Rp 100,000 ($8) per kilogram.

3) Dems win DPR elections  in Papua

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Thu, May 08 2014, 9:44 PM

The Democratic Party garnered the most votes for the House of Representatives (DPR) in Papua with a total of 700,150 votes out of 2,949,189 valid votes.

As a result, the Dems gained two seats at the House of Representatives out of the 10 Papua-assigned seats, which is one less than the 2009-2014 period.

"The Democratic Party has always been solid and will always be solid.  So even though there is wobbly internal dynamics, it still garners the most votes," an executive from the party’s provincial executive board, Carolus Bolly, said on Thursday.
"With such high number of votes, Papuans still trust the party to fight for people's welfare."
He added that the Papua chapter was still solid under the leadership of Lukas Enembe who is also the governor of Papua.
Meanwhile, a member of the Papua General Elections Commission (KPUD), Tarwinto, told The Jakarta Post that votes were evenly distributed among the 12 political parties and that eight won seats at to the House. 
"In the previous period, only three parties secured seats at the House, the Dems, the Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle [PDI-P]," he said.
Just like Democratic Party, the PDI-P managed to secure two seats at the House while Golkar, the National Awakening Party (PKB), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Justice Prosperous Party PKS), the NasDem Party and the Gerindra Party each won one seat each.
Meanwhile, candidates who secured seats at the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) representing Papua were Charles Simaremare, Mesakh Mirin, Yane Murib and Edison Lambe. During the last period there were only two councilors representing Papua at DPD. (fss/nvn)


4) Komnas HAM Seeks to Question Prabowo Over 1997 Kidnappings

Jakarta. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said on Wednesday that it would once again seek to question presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto over his alleged role in human rights abuses surrounding the fall of authoritarian president Suharto.
“We’re now preparing a summons for [Prabowo],” Komnas HAM commissioner Otto Syamsuddin Ishak said.
Prabowo, founder of and presidential candidate for the the Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, was a special forces commander under Suharto and has been criticized widely, at home and abroad, for human rights abuses committed by his troops in 1997, including the alleged kidnapping of 13 political activists who remain missing.
Former Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) chief of staff Kivlan Zen, who recently said that he knew where the missing 13 were killed and buried, reinvigorated the commission’s interest in the events. The families of the missing have also urged the commission to reopen the case.
“It’s true that we have set up a team and tomorrow we will issue an official letter to summon [Kivlan],” Komnas HAM commissioner M. Nurkhoirun said, without elaborating further.
He said the commission would focus on Kivlan, at least at first, because he had volunteered new information and had publicly agreed to appear for questioning.
Prabowo would not face questioning before the July 9 presidential election, Nurkhoirun said.
“[We will question them] one by one,” he said. “We don’t want to… jeopardize the presidential election.”
Kivlan has said that Prabowo was not involved in human rights abuses and has characterized the military’s actions as security measures to safeguard the 1997 elections and 1998 People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) general meeting. He has denied kidnapping accusations.
He said that he was ready to discuss the events with a government panel or forum.
“We appreciate Pak Kivlan for giving information on who is the most responsible party behind the missing people case and erasing the notion of the state’s impunity,” Otto said.
Indonesia Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial) executive director Poengki Indarti urged Komnas HAM to summon Prabowo swiftly.
“It’s okay if Komnas wants to question Kivlan first, but they have to call Prabowo as soon as possible because Komnas’ investigation has named him a suspect,” Poengki said.
The commission tried to question Prabowo during an investigation that ran from 1997 to 2002, but he refused to appear.
“I think a president should protect human rights. A leader should not be linked in any offense against human rights or the law,” Komnas HAM official Roichatul Aswidah told the Jakarta Globe in May of 2013.


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