Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1) Team deployed to probe military-police shootout in Papua

2) Police, military exchange  gunfire in Papua  
3) Driver named suspect in  Freeport accident
4) PNG briefed on new Indonesian government


1) Team deployed to probe  military-police shootout  in Papua
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Tue, October 14 2014, 11:24 PM
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Yotje Mende says he has deployed a team of investigators to probe a recent shootout in Pirime, Lanny Jaya regency, between police personnel from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) and soldiers from the 756 Infantry Battalion, in which the head of local military post, Second Lt. Ali Okta, was injured.
He said the head of the Papua Police internal affairs division and the director of police intelligence were among the members of the team.
Yotje said that according to the preliminary investigation, the incident occurred when Brimob personnel conducted routine road checks for illegal arms in Pirime and stopped a truck carrying passengers.
During the check, a uniformed soldier refused to be examined. He instead went to a nearby military post.
“All of the sudden, the sound of gunfire came from the direction of the post. Brimob personnel then became involved in an exchange of fire with the soldiers, during which Lt. Ali was injured. For that, I sincerely apology to Lt. Ali,” Yotje said on Tuesday.
A different statement was issued separately by Cendrawasih Military Commander Maj. Gen. Fransen G Siahaan, who said it was the Brimob personnel who fired first.
Commenting on this, Yotje said that he did not want speculate and had therefore formed the team to find out what had really caused the incident.(dic)


2) Police, military exchange  gunfire in Papua  

The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Wed, October 15 2014, 7:49 AM

Police have set up a team to investigate gunfire exchanged between members of the 756th infantry battalion and officers of Kelapa Dua Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) in Lanny Jaya, Papua on Monday. The incident resulted in the injury of military commander Lt. Ali Okta, who was wounded in his left leg.
“Today, I will go to Pirime, Lanny Jaya, to investigate the incident,” Papua Police chief Insp. Yotje Mande told reporters on Tuesday.
Mande said the gunshots occurred after police officers Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, were sent to Papua to conduct a raid on motorists in the regency. “At that time a military officer in plainclothes refused to be checked and walked away toward a nearby military post.”
According to Mende, gunshots were then heard emanating from the military post which was answered by gunshots by police officers.
3) Driver named suspect in  Freeport accident
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Tue, October 14 2014, 4:26 PM

The Mimika Police have named JW, the driver of a haul truck, a suspect in an accident that occurred in the open-pit Grasberg mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia on Sept.27, killing four workers.
The police’s crime investigation unit chief Adj.Comr. Saraju said in Timika on Tuesday that JW had been detained at the police’s headquarters.
He said the police still had to complete the case dossiers by gathering information from witnesses, including the victims’ colleagues who are undergoing medical treatment in Jakarta hospitals.
“We have been informed that two patients are ready to undergo questioning. We have sent investigators from the crime investigation unit to Jakarta to question the two patients,” said Saraju.
The accident took place at around 7:20 p.m. local time on Sept.27 at the mine when a haul truck ran over a Toyota LWB van carrying eight employees and a driver heading to their work site. Five employees survived the incident. The Grasberg incident was previously being handled by the Tembagapura Police before it handed over the case to the Mimika Police.
He said JW’s carelessness led to the death of others. The police had yet to find any indication of the involvement of others in the incident, he added.
The four dead victims have been identified as Luther Patanggi, Nursio, Simon Seba and Richardo Tomasila.
Following the incident, thousands for workers blockaded road access to Freeport mining areas in front of the Ridge Camp security office on Mil 71, Tembagapura, on Oct.1. The blockade was aimed at pushing Freeport management take responsibility for the death of 44 Freeport workers in a number of incidents in the largest gold mine in the world.
The workers ended their protest after Mimika Regent Eltinus Omaleng and Mimika consultative forum (Muspida) members held a dialogue with Freeport workers on Oct.2. (ebf)(+++)


4) PNG briefed on new Indonesian government

Updated at 9:55 pm on 14 October 2014

Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says he's had a useful briefing on the incoming Indonesian government of President Joko Widodo at the Bali Democracy Forum.
Having just returned from Bali, Rimbink Pato says Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Marty Natelagawa, facilitated a briefing for him with senior Indonesian officials to discuss the incoming administration.
Mr Pato says he was very impressed with the briefing on what PNG could expect from the new government of its neighbour.
He says he expects PNG's O'Neill/Dion Government can continue to build on the warm relations it forged with Indonesia during the term of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Indonesia has offered to provide assistance to PNG in preparing to host APEC in 2018.

Meanwhile, Mr Pato says one of the panels he was on at the Forum enabled him to share PNG's perspective on transparency and accountability in the government decision making processes and citizen involvement.
He says he shared PNG's experience in providing mediation between business and landowners to ensure broad stakeholder participation in resource developments.

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