Tuesday, July 7, 2015

1) Court indicts former Papua governor

2) Police Re-Arrest Two KNPB Activists in Manokwari
3) National Police Supply 160 Firearms to West Papua Police


1) Court indicts former Papua  governor
Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post | National | Tue, July 07 2015, 1:32 PM 
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday indicted former Papua governor Barnabas Suebu for graft involved in the construction of a hydro power plant project on the Mamberamo River, Papua, in which the state recorded a loss of Rp 43 billion (US$3.2 million).

KPK Prosecutor Fitroh Rohcah-yanto said in the indictment that the prominent Papuan politician, who served two terms as governor, doctored budget allocations for the production of detailed engineering design (DED) for the power plant in the 2009-2010 provincial budget.

“He violated the law by instructing the project committee to assign the project to the defendant’s company, PT Konsultansi Pembangunan Irian Jaya [KPIJ], without going through any tender process,” Fitroh said on Monday.
Prosecutors allege that Barnabas committed the crime together with other individuals including KPIJ director La Musi Didi and Papua Energy and Mining agency head Jannes Johan Karubaba.

The renewable energy hydro project was intended to protect forest areas and reduce emissions in Papua, but was abandoned following discovery of the graft, KPK prosecutors said.

According to an audit conducted by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) in June, irregularities in the project resulted in state losses totaling Rp 43 billion, part of which was funneled to Barnabas himself and scores of other individuals.

The indictment alleges that the state lost around Rp 10 billion in the production of DED in Sentani and Panai, as well as losses of Rp 15 billion and Rp 17 billion from DED works in Urumuka and Memberano respectively.

KPK prosecutors said that Barnabas received Rp 500 million in cash, while Jannes received Rp 4.8 billion in addition to Rp 5 billion that was wired to La Musi.

Other individuals who have allegedly benefited from the graft are: Geri Wicaksono with Rp 1.5 billion, Imam Wicaksono with Rp 1 billion, Presetijo Adi with Rp 760 million, Toto Purwanto with Rp 300 million, Philipus Waromi with Rp 546 million, Ibahim Badarudin with Rp 100 million, Leo Hehanusa with Rp 54 million, Linda Saebu with Rp 157 million and Robert Dimalouwe with Rp 45 million.

Prosecutors also allege that Barnabas channeled as much as Rp 4.6 billion from the project to the procurement committee, project supervisors and examiners and scores of other Papua administration officials.

In the indictment, the KPK also alleges that Barbanas gave Rp 20 billion to KPIJ and Rp 2 billion and Rp 532 million to PT Indra Karya and PT Geo Ace, respectively, 

“Due to the defendant’s offenses the state has suffered losses as high as Rp 43 billion,” Fitroh said.

In addition to the graft case, the KPK accuses Barnabas of violating Articles 2 and 3 of Law No. 31/1999 on corruption for enriching himself and other parties, as well as abusing his authority as Papua governor with regards to the hydro water project.

If found guilty of violating both Articles 2 and 3, Barnabas could be sent to jail for a maximum of 20 years.

The KPK have also invoked Article 55 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) on collective crimes in their prosecution against Barnabas. 

The use of Article 55 implies that other parties may have played a role in the case, but so far the KPK said that the former governor is the only suspect in the case.

The trial was adjourned to Monday next week, when Barnabas and his team of lawyers will present their defense statement.
2) Police Re-Arrest Two KNPB Activists in Manokwari
Yogjakarta, Jubi – The West Papua Police re-arrested two fugitive activists from the National Committee of West Papua (KPNB) in Manokwari region on Friday, July 3rd.
The Commission for Diplomacy of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) of Manokwari region, Samuel Mabel, last week, said that Manokwari Police arrested the two KNPB activist on Mansinam island.
“The two of them , Narko Muri and Jemi Murib previously fled from police custody in Manokwari. They were arrested on Mansinam island when they wanted to go to Nabire,” he told Jubi by cell phone from Manokwari, West Papua.
“They also got beaten by officers when arrested,” he said. Currently, they are with three other KNPB activists in Manokwari police custody.
Previously local print media in Manokwari and West Papua published that a peaceful demonstration detainee who is an activist of the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB), Narko Murib escape from police custody in Manokwari on Tuesday (06/16/2015).
And a team of legal advocacy and human rights for the people of West Papua, coordinated by the Institute for Research, Study and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH) in Manokwari ignored the news.
“Our clients, namely Alexander Nekenem, Narko Murib, Maikel Aso and Yoram Magai are detained in headquarters of Brigade Mobile. They are actually very well guarded by members of the Mobile Brigade on duty at all times,” Yan Christian Warinussy explained. (Arnold Belau)
3) National Police Supply 160 Firearms to West Papua Police
Manokwari, Jubi – The National Police supplied 160 firearms to the West Papua Police to support operations aimed at serving the public.
West Papua Police Chief Brigadier General Paulus Warterpauw told journalists on Sunday (5/7/2015) in Manokwari that the firearms consistex of 100 SS V1 – 7.62 MM caliber, 40 revolvers 86 SPC caliber and 20 CZ 9 MM caliber.
“According to the procedures and regulation, those firearms are intended for officers to carry out service on the ground,” the chief said.
He said he hoped the officers would use the weapons properly while on duty. Besides the firearms, the chief said the the National Police also provides 10 units of cars and 50 units of motorbikes to support the operations of West Papua Police to serve the community.
“The officers are already using those operational vehicles in delivering services to community,” he said. He further said West Papua Police currently still needs many more facilities to support the execution of police services either enforcing the law or providing social service to community.
According to him, most of West Papua’s jurisdiction territorials are marine regions that have risk of exploitation of marine resources and prohibited goods smuggling such as liquors, drugs and firearms. Therefore the West Papua Police needs facilities that could support their task in monitoring the marine regions to prevent the illegal activities such as illegal fishing by foreign fishermen and prohibited goods smuggling.
“We have submitted a proposal to the Indonesian Police Chief to provide the ship and helicopter for West Papua Police so that we could monitor our marine territorial to the remote islands in Raja Ampat, Kaimana, Fakfak to Wondama Bay,” he added. (*/rom)

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