Wednesday, December 30, 2015

1) Police, TNI urged to catch bandits behind fatal shootings


2) Government open to holding dialog with anyone: President Jokowi
3) Article by the Executive Director of the LP3BH
4) It’s time to turn our  hopes into reality, says  Jokowi -
5) Jokowi’s time capsule  praised
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1) Police, TNI urged to catch  bandits behind fatal shootings 

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Wed, December 30 2015, 3:09 PM - 
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe is expecting the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police to capture the perpetrators who shot and killed three police officers at the Sinak Police station in Puncak, Papua.

“This is an armed crime. I hope the TNI and police are able to arrest the perpetrators,” Enembe emphasized on Tuesday.

Besides killing TNI and police officers, armed criminals, added Lukas, often intimidated residents, seized crops and livestock as well as abducting girls. “They are bandits who must be dealt with sternly,” he said.

Enembe also hoped that those TNI and police personnel performing their duties in the area would remain cautious because armed civilian groups were still present.

Like Enembe, Puncak Regent Willem Wandik is also expecting the TNI and police to pursue the perpetrators of the Sunday shooting and promptly bring them to justice.

According to Wandik, the group that attacked, shot and killed three members of the police force at the Sinak Police station had been led by Alegagak Murib and Kalenak Murib and assisted by the Aleka Telenggen group based in Yambi, Puncak Jaya regency.

The Alegagak group, based in Ilaga, is believed to have collaborated with a person identified as DK, who has been working as an aide at the Sinak Police station for four years, to attack the police station and seize firearms.

Wandik said the group had also attacked police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) members in Ilaga in December 2014 as they were securing a Christmas service. 

The firearms seized on that occasion were used in the attack on the Sinak Police station.

The criminal group roaming Puncak regency and surrounding areas, said Wandik, was very disturbing to the development process because they threatened residents and caused unrest. 

“For every single firearm, approximately 30 people follow behind, now they have many firearms so just imagine the number of followers,” said Wandik.

“How can we develop the region if the groups continue to disturb security. We have planned development, but we are confused by these criminal acts,” Wandik said in Jayapura on Tuesday.

Residents in Sinak, added Wandik, also condemned the shooting and have said they would help security forces to fight the bandits.

“Now, residents are backed by the TNI and police they have initiated plans to resist the unlawful group,” said Wandik.

The bodies of the three police officers shot and killed by the armed civilian group at the Sinak Police station have been handed over to their families. 

Another incident also took place in Sinak on Feb. 21, 2013, when seven TNI personnel and four civilians were shot and killed.

The TNI soldiers had been heading to the Ilaga airfield to pick up telecommunication equipment when they were attacked by an armed group. 


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2) Government open to holding dialog with anyone: President Jokowi
Rabu, 30 Desember 2015 17:47 WIB 
Wamena, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesia government is open to holding a dialog with anyone in the context of development, including in Papua, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated here on Wednesday. 

"From the onset, I have no problem in holding a dialog with anyone in the context of development," the head of state remarked after dedicating and inspecting the district government offices in Jayawijaya.

He said dialog had also been initiated to settle the problems in Aceh.

While referring to groups conducting violence, the president said he had ordered security agencies to take firm action.

In the context of dividing the Papua province, the president said he had received inputs from various parties on the matter. 

"I have to discuss with various parties first, including with the governor here (about it)," he noted.

On the issue of limited supply of electricity and internet services, the president remarked that similar complaints had also been received from other regions.

"This is our task. We must build a power plant, and it takes three to four years to realize it," he affirmed.

The head of state remarked that by undertaking frequent visits to Papua, he would be able to gain a better understanding of the problems being faced by the people in the region, such as limited infrastructure that had caused the prices of commodities, such as cement, rice, and fuel oils to increase.

"With adequate infrastructure, it is hoped that the prices of cement and fuel oils would drop by 50 percent from the current rates," he emphasized.

He remarked that the extension of the runway at the Wamena Airport would make it possible for bigger aircraft to land and help to boost the regions economy.

"The facilities at Merauke Port also need to be upgraded along with increasing the number of cranes and extending the pier. The work on these facilities will all be completed next year," he affirmed.

The president said if the infrastructure such as the roads and ports are good, the economy in Papua would grow faster, while the distribution of logistics as well as the flow of goods and passengers would improve.

(Reporting by Agus Salim/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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No Respect for the Legal Profession

3) Article by the Executive Director of the LP3BH

    Tomorrow is 31st December, New Year's Eve. It is also the 34th anniversary of the enactment of the Criminal Code, (KUHAP).

    KUHAP was enacted to establish a number of principles regarding dealing with criminal behaviour here in Indonesia, in which Judge,
Prosecutor, the Police and Lawyers/Legal Consultants, all of which are acknowledged as part of a system to uphold the law.

    It was also the first time that a process of pre-trial was established in order to sift through the material  and, where
necessary, to make corrections when certain matters such as actions by the police or the prosecutor when an individual was arrested and held
in custody or  with regarded to anything that may have been confiscated.

     I have been practising as a lawyer here for 22 years and I have to say that throughout that period I have experienced many things as i
assist those who are being charged. Many of the things that I have experienced many are not in accord with established practice on the
part of the investigating agencies or even in some cases of the judges.

    As a result, lawyers or consultants are confronted with a number of difficulties in our relations with the prosecutor which result in
many problems such as delays in meeting our client which should have been possible from the very beginning. We have been prevented from
meeting our client by Brimob members .

     There are also problems regarding the nature of the arrest and detention when those who are being charged were held by several
different agencies and were unable to meet our client while he is alone as stipulated in KUHAP,.by members of Brimob

     Take for example what I experienced together with other lawyers in our team in the case of Klaibin and his colleagues from Sorong in
2014. It was extremely difficult because of the discriminatory treatment by the former Police Chief in Sorong and his superiors who
charged our client with makar (treason) as stipulated in Articles 102, 106, 108 and 110 of the Criminal Code

   We also experienced the same problem after being appointed to defend Alexander Nekenem, Maikel Aso, Yoram Magai and Narko  Murib who
were jointly charged  with unlawful activities according Article 160 of KUHAP but had already been found guilty and sentenced to one and a
half years each.    When we asked for a meeting with Alexander Nekenem and his colleagues who were being held at the headquarters of Brimob, 
West Papua, the right of the lawyers from the LP3BH-Manokwari to meet them was disputed

     I should explain that  a senior member of the Police Force in Manokwari refused to allow us  to  meet our clients after one of the
group was said to  have escaped. We believe that  the refusal to allow us to meet our client was
because at that time, he was not in a fit state because his face was injured as a result of the way he had been treated  by those who were
holding him.

    In my opinion, all of this is the result of a lack of understanding by the security forces with regard to what is stipulated
in KUHAP.   In my opinion, it is necessary to revise and reform KUHAP which was enacted 34 years ago in order to ensure that we as lawyers are 
treated in the same way as every one within the system, that our work should be respected by members of the security forces as well as by
the government, including those in charge in the Land of Papua.

   This is why we are stressing need for the legal profession to be respected (Officium Nobile) and should not be just an extra part in
ensuring that the context of the law is upheld and that all the human beings who are involved should be enssured that they have full
protection as human beings , which is an essential part of KUHAP.

 Yan Christian Warinussy.

translated by Carmel Budiardjo


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4) It’s time to turn our  hopes into reality, says  Jokowi - 
Nethy Dharma Somba, thejakartapost.com, Merauke, Papua | National | Wed, December 30 2015, 5:23 PM 

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that the dreams and hopes of young generations and all of the country’s people that had been written and kept in a time capsule in Merauke, Papua, would never be realized if people did not strive to translate them into reality.
“It’s time for us to turn these hopes into reality,” said Jokowi in Merauke, the easternmost Indonesia territory, on Wednesday.
The time capsule, which was launched at kilometer zero in Sabang, Aceh, in October, traveled across 187 cities and 34 provinces before it arrived in Merauke, Papua. The time capsule will be opened in 2085, or 70 years from now.
President Jokowi wrote seven hopes on a piece of paper that was then put inside the time capsule. Two elementary school students from Merauke, Louis Ferdinand and Laher Fabiola, read out the seven hopes written on the paper before they, together with Jokowi, put the paper inside the capsule in a ceremony on Wednesday. The time capsule was then placed in a location marked with a monument at Hasanabsai field.
The seven points written down by the President comprised his hopes that Indonesia could have human resources that surpassed the intelligence levels in other nations; for an Indonesian society that upheld pluralism and adopted cultural values and that was pious and honorable; that Indonesia could become a center of education, technology and world civilization; and that Indonesia would have government agencies and a society that were free from corruption. 
The three other hopes were that Indonesia would have infrastructure built evenly across the regions; that Indonesia would be independent and become an influential power in the Asia Pacific; and that Indonesia could become a barometer of international economic growth.
The placing of the time capsule at Hasanabsai field in Merauke was the start of a string of activities President Jokowi will carry out during his visit to Papua. In Merauke, the President also inaugurated the start of the construction of the Arafura Ocean fishing quay in Merauke, which will be 380 meters long and cost approximately Rp 700 billion (US$50.7 million). Construction will start in 2016 with initial funding of Rp 200 billion.
From Merauke, President Jokowi continued his working visit to Wamena in Jayawijaya regency, where he inaugurated Wamena Airport and Jayawijaya regency’s autonomous agency building.
Before he flies to West Papua on Thursday, President Jokowi is scheduled to observe the construction activities of roads, which will connect regencies in central and southern Papua, in Kenyam, the capital of Nduga regency.
In West Papua, President Jokowi will visit Sorong and mark New Year’s Eve in Raja Ampat regency.
“The President will witness the first sun rising in Indonesia in 2016 in Raja Ampat, West Papua,” said Kodam XVII/Cendrawasih commander Maj. Gen. Hinsa Siburian. (ebf)
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5) Jokowi’s time capsule  praised
Nethy Dharma Somba, thejakartapost.com, Merauke, Papua | National | Wed, December 30 2015, 9:39 PM 

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has praised President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s time capsule, which contains his dreams and hopes for the people of Indonesia, saying that what was listed as the dreams of Indonesian youths, including those in Papua, must come true by 2085, the year the capsule would be opened.
“We hope that before 2085, all areas across Papua, including West Papua, are connected by highways,” Enembe said while accompanying President Jokowi during his visit to Papua on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Papua Legislative Council Speaker Yunus Wonda appreciated President Jokowi’s attention toward Papua. The President, he said, had visited Papua twice this year and paid close attention to infrastructure development in the area.
“We hope Cabinet members of Pak Jokowi’s administration can understand what the President expects in the development in Papua,” said Wonda.
Hundreds of residents warmly welcomed the President with the traditional dances of indigenous tribes in southern Papua when he arrived at the Hasanabsai field in Merauke on Wednesday. After the welcoming ceremony, the President took the opportunity to take selfies with Merauke residents who had waited for him along the road. 
The time capsule, which was launched at kilometer zero in Sabang, Aceh, in October, traveled across 187 cities and 34 provinces before arriving in Merauke, Papua. The time capsule will be opened in 2085, 70 years from now. 
President Jokowi wrote seven hopes on a piece of paper that was then put inside the time capsule. Two elementary school students from Merauke, Louis Ferdinand and Laher Fabiola, read out the seven hopes written on the paper before they, together with Jokowi, put the paper inside the capsule in a ceremony on Wednesday. The time capsule was then placed in a location marked with a monument at Hasanabsai field. (ebf)
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