3) Tolikara Riot is Only a Criminal Act, Police Chief Says
TEMPO.CO, Bangkalan - Chief of the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia General Badrodin Haiti said that police officers have not been able to find the mastermind of the Tolikara riot in Papua that broke out on Friday last week when Moslems performed Idul Fitri prayer.
"So, for the time being, we can only say that what happened there was a criminal act,” Badrodin said in Bangkalan on Saturday.
So far, Papua police have arrested two suspects in a riot that claimed one live and leaved dozens injured.
The two suspects are Arianto Kogoya and Jumdi Wanimbo and both are suspected of being provocateurs of the attack to Baitul Mutaqqin mosque in Karubaga district. Badrodin, however, said both suspects could not be named as the masterminds of the attack yet.
"From our investigation, what happened in Tolikara was initiated by masterminds but we’re still investigating the issue,” he added.
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5) Freeport Indonesia Set on Continuing Talks With Govt. After Missing Permit Deadline
Jakarta. Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of US mining giant Freeport McMoRan, remains hopeful to secure an export permit from the government after missing Saturday’s deadline. The speed bump effectively halted the company’s exports, putting its mining production at risk.
“There’s is no definite cancellation yet,” Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said last Monday. “We are still discussing the matter with the government. Hopefully, we can reach a deal in the near future.”
Freeport Indoneisa last week submitted a request to export 575,000 tons of copper concentrate from its Grassberg mine in Papua for the next six months. Under previous permits, the company was allowed to export 756,000 metric tons of concentrate from January through July 2014 and 580,000 metric tons of concentrate in the same period this year.
The government had previously instructed the miner to build a smelter in the country, promising to grant export permits based on progress the company makes in the plant’s construction.
Bambang Gatot Ariyono, coal and mineral director general at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, said Freeport has yet to complete 60 percent of the smelter and spend the corresponding budget.
“So, we cannot grant the permit, and [Freeport Indonesia's] exports will stop [on Jul. 25],” Bambang said.
Still, both parties are scheduled to continue talks on Monday, giving the company as much time as it needs to fulfill its obligation, Bambang added.
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