2) Military commander denies involvement of troop in ammunition supply in Papua
Kamis, 29 Januari 2015 07:41 WIB | 386 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Chief of the Cendrawasih XVII Regional Military Command, Maj. Gen. Fransen Siahaan, denied on Wednesday that his man had been involved in the sale of ammunition to armed criminal groups in Papua province.
"We intentionally involved Sgt. Maj. S to identify the network that supplies ammunition to criminal groups," Siahaan said on Wednesday.
The allegation that the Indonesian military member was involved in the sale of armaments surfaced after a member of the Puron Wenda gang, identified as Wuyunga, was arrested.
The arrest of the gang member had led to the disclosure of the names of those involved in the supply of ammunition to armed criminal groups.
Among the names were Albert Jikwa and Fredy Kogoya, who were arrested in the Papuan provincial capital of Jayapura on Wednesday, the regional military chief affirmed.
To arrest the two suspects, the military had assigned Sgt. Maj. S, who had relations with Jikwa and Kogoya, Siahaan noted.
"The arrest of the suspects and the revelation of the sales of hundreds of ammunition also involved the Indonesian military," he pointed out.
When questioned about whether the ammunition was supplied by the adjutant general of the Cendrawasih XVII Regional Military Command, Siahaan stated that the case was still being investigated.
To be sure, rounds were seized from Royes Wenda following Wuyundas arrest, he added.(*)