Monday, February 9, 2015

1) KNPB: Military, Police Behind Attacks in Papua

2) Local Government Gain Public Support for Program to Empower Native Papuans
3) Three Alleged Bullet Buyers Named Suspects
4) On the beach in Jayapura

5) Thousands of Papuans oppose  Labora’s sentence

1) KNPB: Military, Police Behind Attacks in Papua

KNPB Spokesperson Bazoka Logo – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) said members of the military and police were responsible some of recent shooting incidents in Papua.
“We have seen that for a long time the agitators in Papua are actually the Military and the Police. That is true that those who did the shooting was a guerrilla group in the forest using seized guns,” KNPB Spokesperson Bazoka Logo said on Sunday (8/2/2015).
He said people should not only blame the persons who did the shooting, but also members of security forces who supplied the bullets.
“Is there a bullet or gun manufactured in Papua?“ he said. “Shooting incidents happened in Papua were related to the Military and the Police. They sell the bullets. Therefore KNPB states the military apparatus in Papua is the Criminal Armed Group (KKB),” he said.
He further said the guerilla group might not possible to continuously open their fire every time while they had no bullets. If they had, it’s only filled in the seized guns. So, logically they can’t do it without the bullets stock.
“So do not accuse the guerilla Papuans who are currently in the forest as the criminal armed group, civilian armed group, unknown group or so on. Those terminology are actually fitted with the military or police apparatus who involved in the bullet trading,” Logo told Jubi.
He also said if the government’s plan on new military command at West Papua Province was realized, it’s not possible the similar groups might be raised in that province.
“Yes, it’s their field of business. So those terminologies would be created following the launching of new Regional Military Command by the government. It was happening in regards to their welfare. For instance, they earned 10 million per month, but by selling the bullets they could earn 15 to 20 million per transaction. So who could reject this?” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Religious Community Forum, the Rev. Lipiyus Biniluk said he supports the action to crack down the military/police culprits who sell the weapons and bullets to the armed group in Papua. “I support the affirmative action to crack down the officers who involved in bullet trading. I have said it before. They must be destroyed,” he said. (Arnold Belau/rom)

2) Local Government Gain Public Support for Program to Empower Native Papuans

Wamena, Jubi – The Jayawijaya reegency government’s Plan to move Papuan street traders to the traditional market ‘Potikelek’ has gained support fromstudents and local residents.
The Central Papua Highland and Jayawijaya Community Forum (FMJ-PTP) said it supports the government’s program for native women traders of Wamena City.
“We appreciate the local government for their attention to the native people,” FMJ-PTP General Coordinator Soleman Itlay said during their visit to the traditional market at Potikelek on Saturday (7/2/2015).
The forum urged the local government to immediately launch the Potikelek Traditional Market and to bring the indigenous women traders who were previously outside the market into the market.
“We also hope the government of Jayawijaya Regency can separate the trading commodities for Papuans and non-Papuans. The betel nuts, firewood, farming products are for Papuans. It is to avoid a monopoly in trading just like now,” Itlay said.
On the other hand, the Rev. Theo Kossay said he totally support the government’s regulation to prohibit the economic activities in the market and shops in Wamena City. “We also urged the local government to control the price of nine basic commodities that are still expensive. Generally, there is no price adjustment in the kiosks, shops or supermarkets in Wamena,” Kossay said.
He added the local government’s partisanship to improve the public infrastructures and facilities was decent and appreciated. By providing the traditional market means the Local Government of Jayawijaya Regency has provide decent place for the Papuan women traders as well as the native Papuan traders to conduct their activity.
Besides the traditional market, they hoped the Jayawijaya Government to also pay attention to other areas such as education and health services, road and other infrastructure constructions. (Islami/rom)

3) Three Alleged Bullet Buyers Named Suspects

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Police have named three alleged bullet buyers from soldiers as suspects following their arrest at Entrop last month.
Papua Police Spokesperson Senior Commissioner Patrige Renwarin said the three persons, identified as FK, YW, and AJ, were named suspects  because they bought bullets from soldiers and gave them to an armed group in Lanny Jaya Regency.
“They made the confession during the questioning. They confessed that they were ordered by Puron Wenda, the leader of rebel group in Lanny Jaya who often attacked the military and police officers as well as civilians. But the investigator is still questioning them intensively,” Renwarin said on Saturday (7/2/2015).
According to him, the suspects were ordered to buy and search the bullets in the area of Jayapura City. He said their network is around of the capital of Papua Province. The Police has questioned three witnesses in this case, but they are planning to further question three other witnesses to complete the file of suspects.
“They are the undercover networks. The Crime investigator of Papua Police has submitted the Acknowledgement Letter of Investigation to the Papua State Prosecutor Office,” he said.
Earlier, the Papua Police Chief, the Inspector General Yotje Mende said the three suspects were sued in accordance of Emergency Law No.12 Article 1/1951 about the ownership of illegal firearms and bullets. They would be sentenced for life imprisonment at maximum. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


4) On the beach in Jayapura

Jayapura, a city of just over 270,000, is one of the nation’s most eastern cities — and home to a beautiful beach.
Base G Beach, located 10 kilometers from the city’s center, is passable by motorcycles and private cars through a road that winds its way along Jl. Angkasa to the west.

When you are in Jayapura, you must not miss a visit to Base G Beach, where one can find white sands, rows of huts, lodgings, palm trees and simple seasonal kiosks.

In addition, Base G Beach is famous for its clear blue waters, unblemished by rubbish. One can look down into the sea and spot fish and coral. The sky also looks clean and friendly. The beach is ideal for those who love to swim or bask in the sun.

Pricey: The beach remains popular, although residents complain of multiple admission and parking fees.

No one knows exactly what the “G” stands for. Some think it was a code name given by Allied officers during the Second World War. Relics of the Allied forces, such as tanks and cannon, can be found on the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

“It takes around 30 minutes to the south to reach the border of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, where one can see relics. You must report to the [Indonesian Navy sailors] who guard the border,” said Wellem Mabirsa, 42, a sailor who owns a location for visitors to shelter.

During the day, visitors can enjoy white sands, blue seas, waves and coral that make people linger while chatting with their family and friends. From a distance, one can look at the curve of the mountains in Papua New Guinea.

Children and adults can be seen swimming as far as 200 meters from the edge of the beach. Some dive for shells and to look at corals. Others walk along the sand.

“On Sundays, quite a few visitors are thronging to this beach after they have attended services at church. At least a thousand visitors spend time gathering with their family and friends,” added Wellem.

Another resident was less than enthused.

“I seldom come here. The reason is that the entrance fee has doubled,” said Tri Yulianto, who has lived in Jayapura since 1987. “You can imagine that after we have paid to enter, then the owner of the huts still charge a fee for parking — again. In fact, we have already paid. Once we park a vehicle inside the location that we have rented, we must pay it again — Rp 200,000. Illegal parking has burdened visitors.”

Getaway: The beach lies only 10 kilometers or so from downtown Jayapura.

Bilha Poei, a vendor, said that the huts could be rented from Rp 200,000 to 300,000 a day. The huts, often with a honai-style roofs and measuring 10 meters square, can accommodate up to 20 people.

“At least we can obtain a net profit for rentals that’s around Rp 5 million a month. As you know, the owners of the huts do not stay at Base G. They have their own houses in Jayapura city. This is our side job,” said Vincent Kossay, who works for the city secretariat.

When night falls, one can still enjoy the beauty of Jayapura. Houses stand amid hills and valleys with roads winding up and down.

Evert, who runs the local Culture and Tourism Agency, said that the city offered a blend of historical and natural attractions. He said that the provincial government was focused on developing the tourism sector.

Evert said that most tourists in Jayapura were businesspeople. However, on certain days, especially when there are festivals, the city can attract more visitors.

“Net profits from Base G beach can reach at least Rp 600 million [US$5,128] a month. These profits are used to maintain the entrance gate, pay G beach officers and other necessities,” Evert said.

Evert said that Jayapura was built by the Netherlands and the US, meaning that many traces of the Second World War could be found here.

“There are many antiques — relics of World War II. Japanese tourists often come here and Americans as well. They want to see the relics, including the ones at the border of Base G and Papua New Guinea,” said Evert.

He said that there are 50 hotels from the most basic to the five-star level that could meet the needs of tourists coming to Jayapura.

La dolce vita: Visitors enjoy the laidback scene at Base G beach.

5) Thousands of Papuans oppose  Labora’s sentence
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Sorong | Archipelago | Mon, February 09 2015, 5:39 PM - 
Around 1,500 people congregated on Monday on the streets of Rufei district, Sorong, West Papua, demanding that the state prosecutor’s office abandon its efforts to send former police officer Labora Sitorus to prison and calling for the establishment of an independent team to carry out a thorough investigation into the case.

The Supreme Court recently increased Labora’s sentence to 15 years in prison and a Rp 5 billion fine, far heavier than the two years and Rp 500 million fine initially handed down by the Sorong District Court, when Labora was found guilty of money laundering, illegal logging and fuel hoarding.
“The Labora case is full of engineering and he has been never questioned by the police. He should not be jailed because has been a victim of a political engineering,” demonstration coordinator Freddy Fakdawer said in Jakarta on Monday.
Demonstrators, comprising employees of Sitorus’ plywood company PT Rotua and local residents who had frequently received financial assistance from Labora, called on the Sorong legislative council to play the role of mediator in the case by bringing the matter to the President so that an independent team could be set up to investigate the case.
Labora has been included on a list of the most-wanted fugitives in West Papua since he was found not to be in the Sorong Prison when the Sorong state prosecutor wanted to execute the Supreme Court’s sentence.
He has also repeatedly denied escaping and said he was principally ready to be put behind bars but he did not believe he was guilty and wanted his case to be investigated again because he had been victimized.
Labora was allowed to leave prison for medical treatment in March, 2014 and the Supreme Court made its decision on the case on Sept. 17, 2014.
Sorong chief prosecutor Damrah Muin said that his side had several times given a clear explanation to Labora and he himself declined to accept the court verdict because he did not believe he was guilty.
Damrah said he would deploy a persuasive approach to ensure the convict served his jail sentence.
Witness and Victim Protection Agency head Abdul Haris Semendawai said in Jakarta on Monday that his agency would provide protection to Labora, provided the latter named all those involved in his case.
“Labora should be cooperative in revealing his case and complying with the law if he wants to be protected in revealing all those involved in the money laundering, fuel hoarding and illegal logging,” he said, adding that Labora had the right to ask the Supreme Court to reopen his case if he had new evidence. (novum)(rms)(++++)

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