2Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Indonesian soldiers stationed on the Papua New Guinea border have seized a rifle and 33 rounds of 5.56-mm ammunition from a resident.
"The rifle and tens of rounds of ammunition were confiscated when the 406/CK task force at the Bompay post, led by 1st Lt. Karno, conducted a raid on the street connecting Bompay village to Senggi village," said commander of the 406/CK infantry battalion Lt. Col, Aswin Kartawijaya, in a press statement released on Monday.
According to Col Kartawijaya, soldiers seized the rifle from Jefri while he was crossing the border, along with three people in a car.
"Based on the results of the investigation, the rifle is usually used to hunt animals in the forest," he said.
The seizure indicated that many residents living near the borders possess rifles, he said.
"For its part, we will continue conducting raids and patrols on the street connecting Bompay and Senggi villages. The rifle and rounds of ammunition and their suspected owner will be handed over to the chief of the 172/PWY military resort command as commander of the operation implementation command," he said.
He noted that his soldiers will continue conducting raids to create a safe situation along the borders.
Commander of the operations implementation command Col. Sugiyono praised the military personnel for their job well done.(*)
Jakarta. Freeport Indonesia has pledged its full cooperation in an impending inquiry by the House of Representatives into allegations that Speaker Setya Novanto may have demanded shares from a highly anticipated divestment by the miner’s US parent in exchange for political support in contract renegotiations.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said on Monday lodged a complaint against an unnamed legislator, including submitting wiretapped phone conversations purportedly showing the legislator demanding a 20 percent stake in Freeport Indonesia, the country’s single-biggest taxpayer.
Neither the minister nor the House would reveal the identity of the legislator in question, although speculation is settling on Setya, from the Golkar Party.
Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said the company was the first to alert the minister to the attempted shakedown, saying that “such practices cannot be tolerated by our company.”
Sudirman, in his complaint, alleges that the legislator approached officials from Freeport Indonesia on the pretext of representing President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
The miner’s parent company, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan, is required to divest its current 90.64 percent holding in Freeport Indonesia to 70 percent. Sudirman alleges that the legislator demanded that those shares be divested through him.
While all sides are staying tight-lipped about the perpetrator’s identity, attention is focusing Setya, a Golkar stalwart who has already been admonished once this year by the House Ethics Council, for appearing at a campaign rally in New York for US presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Setya was seen leaving Vice President Kalla’s office on Monday afternoon, soon after Sudirman lodged his complaint. Quizzed by reporters on his way out, Setya did not deny that he was the one who met with executives from Freeport, but refuted allegations that he had claimed to be representing Joko and Kalla at the meetings.
“I never exploited this issue for any other interests [than national ones]. I never brought up the president or vice president’s names,” he said.
Responding to Sudirman’s filing of the complaint, Setya said, “Of course I respect whatever he does. Hopefully I didn’t do any of the things alleged [in the complaint].”