Tuesday, February 24, 2015

1) Opposition to Mobile Brigade Headquarters Grows

2) Police Lose Track of Paniai Case Witnesses, Says Papua Police Chief
3) Boy Eluay: Let Theys Eluay Be Martyr for Special Autonomy

4) Owner of Six Firearms Still Unidentified



1) Opposition to Mobile Brigade Headquarters Grows

Jayapura, Jubi – The head of the Papua Legislative Council (DPRP) voiced his objection to plans to build the Police’s Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency.
DPRP speaker Yunus Wonda said the plan was an attempt by some members of the political elites to pave the way for a Papua Central Highland Province.
“This discourse is intended to serve the political elites’ strategy to materialize the Papua Central Highland Province by creating a controversy among the people. We’re more concerned about the public trauma. More security forces on the ground would increasingly traumatize people. We disagree with the Mobile Brigade Headquarters and the province split proposal,” Wonda said on Monday (23/2/2015).
He said the province split would only marginalize the indigenous Papuans, furthermore in Wamena. He asked the political elites for not just thinking about themselves, their own group or class, but they must think about the indigenous Papuans.
“Because most of them have officiated for two periods and it would be ended soon, these elites started to throw the idea of new province, though people’s need is more important. Please just set up the infrastructures, human resources and another good points,” he said.
According to him, the Papua Governor, Papua Legislative Council as well as the Papua People’s Assembly never agreed on the province split proposal.
“It is their strategy to bargain a position without thinking about the indigenous Papuans whether they would be able to compete with non-Papuans or not. Moreover there is a moratorium on Civil Servant. If the split was occurred, the civil servants were certainly recruited from outside of Papua. The State has already provided the regencies split. It should be managed first. The extension is not an answer,” he said.
He further said the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe also has appointed an attorney to sue the alleged forgery of his signature stating his approval on the extension of Papua Central Highland Province. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

2) Police Lose Track of Paniai Case Witnesses, Says Papua Police Chief

Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende said investigators have had difficulty uncovering the Paniai shooting incident that killed four civilians because witnesses were missing.
“The witnesses who report the incident are missing,” Mende said in the meeting with the religious and community leaders in Jayapura on Monday (23/2/2015).
He said the local police’s report said some residents reported about the shooting but when the police came to their addresses for questioning, they had moved. In addition, among 43 witnesses who already been questioned, none of them precisely knew about the involvement of police  in the incident.
“The Police are really facing difficulty to uncover this case. Moreover, autopsies on dead victims were not allowed (by their families),” he said.
He said the perpetrators could be the rebel group of Leo Yogi who mingled with hundreds of protesters and run away after the shooting.
In addition to that allegation, Mende said the police officers could be involved in the shooting but the lack of evidence and witness made this case difficult to reveal.
The shooting incident that killed four civilians in Enarotali on 8 December 2014 was trigged by the traffic problems, which followed with the attack on the local Military Command and Police offices. Four death victims are Yulian Yeimo, Simon Degei, Alpius Gogai and Alpius Youw. They were buried near the local Military Command office. (*/rom)

3) Boy Eluay: Let Theys Eluay Be Martyr for Special Autonomy

Sentani, Jubi – The family of Theys Eluay confirmed their objection to the National Right Human Commission’s plan to revive the investigation into the Papuan charismatic figure.
“We, the children and family, have never been told about this plan. If it was actually to come, please tell us,”  Eluay’s older son, Boy Eluay, said in Sentani on Monday (23//2/2015).
“What is it about?” he asked.
For him, his father Theys Eluay was a great Papuan leader. His death deprived Papuans of a figure who could speak for their aspirations.
He was also especially regarded as a great leader for people in Tanah Tabi (Tabi Customary Area).
“In particular, as Sentani people and part of Eluay Family, I lost the house’s pillar. As the older son, I should say to those who want to investigate my father’s death for not taking my father’s name like a flagpole,” he said.
He further said it’s enough to let only Theys Eluay becoming a martyr for the Special Autonomy in Papua.
“Someone else took benefit on the Special Autonomy, while we just stay and keep asking and asking, what did this country offer to the children of a great leader in this land?” he said.
Meanwhile at the same place, Eluay’s other son Yanto Eluay said in the Sentani culture, a death in a family has a price.
“My father’s death is for example. As a son in this house, I must pay a penalty to my father’s uncles.  This simple thing has not got attention from the government, and now they talked about the investigation of my father’s death?” Yanto Eluay said.(Engelberth Wally/rom)

4) Owner of Six Firearms Still Unidentified

Jayapura, Jubi – Police are still trying to find out the owners of six home-made firearms that were seized at Sea Port Area (MPA) of Jayapura city a few days ago.
Papua police spokesman Commissioner Patrige Renwarin said police had difficulty identifiying the owners of six firearms. The port laborer who was carrying a gray suitcase also remains unidentified.
“There has been no progress and still in investigation process. The port laborer who carried the bag has not been identified. Our police member who called the owner of the bag did not memorized the face of the person. At that time, the port laborer left the bag and did not come back, ” Renwarin said on Saturday (02/21/2015).
According to him, if you see its specifications, it is not worth selling. The weapon is allegedly from Ambon riots. Probably it is not for sale but it will be used personally. If it is sold, it would be very cheap.
He said the case will be handled by Jayapura city police. Jayapura port laborers is also planned to be managed.
“Port laborers will be organized as possible. During this time they can change their uniform easily. For example,other people could wear the owners of clothes that are numbered, “he said.
On Tuesday (16/02/2015), Sea Port Police secured a suitcase allegedly belonged to a passenger of KM. Dorolonda. When opened, there were five home- made short barrel firearms, and one long barrel firearm. Police also found two rounds of SSI ammunition, and two rounded package that kind of explosive contents.
Inspector General (Pol) Tito Karnavian when served Papua police chief once said, the firearms smuggled into Papua probably derived from Tobelo, North Maluku, Papua New Guinea and from South Philippines. However, the smugglers are unrelated to international smuggling channels. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)

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