Saturday, January 9, 2016


7) Police back out from Setya  investigation

8) Army strengthens border  security areas, considers  forming new military commands -


Jayapura, Jubi – About 150 police personnel were deployed to hunt for the perpetrators of the attack on the Sinak Police Headquarters at Puncak Jaya Regency, Papua, which killed three officers. No one has been arrested as of Thursday.
The operation to chase the rebel group believed to be behind the attack on 28 December was led by Puncak Jaya Police Chief, Adjuct Senior Police Commissionaire Marselis.
Papua Police Spokesperson Senior Police Commissionaire Patridge Renwarin said the police identified two men suspected as the attackers.
“One was identified as the attacker while another one was identified to help open the rear door. Both have not arrested yet,” Renwarin told BeritaBenar on Thursday and added the sweeping operation was executed in three villages, namely Nigilome, Pamebut and Weni at Sinak Sub-district.
Papua Police Chief, the Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said during their operation, the Police managed to find 19 bullets of 7.62×51 mm caliber, 7 ammunitions of AK 47, 44 ammunitions of 7.62×39 mm caliber, and 59 ammunitions of SS1 5.56×45 caliber.
The ammunitions were founded whent the Police inspecting the houses of two Sinak residents named Kalenak Murib and Iris Murib, he said without explaining whether both were arrested or not.

Houses Burned

An Agengen villager said due to the Police’s operation, some residents’ houses were burned and a man was shot dead.
“The security personnel who conducted the operation shot down a man suspected to be a member of Free Papua Movement on 3 January. The victim was Gombane Telenggen’s brother,” said a resident who declined to be named due to security reasons. Gombane Telenggen is one of 25 persons suspected attackers on Sinak Police Headquarters.
He added the Police also burned a kunume (man’s house) and some honai (houses). “Four honai were burned in Agenggen Village, while in Pamebut, the entire residents’ honai were burned down, except a church,” he said to jubi on Wednesday, 6 January.
Fire over the residents’ honai was also confirmed by a Papua youth leader, Natan Tebay. Even he said the Police scrutinized six villages in order to find the attackers on Sinak Police Headquarters.
“I got information from Sinak people about the security personnel coming to Gigobak, Agenggen, Cambera, Pamebut, Nigilome and Weni villages to find the rebel. Several households lost their houses because being fired during the raid,” said Tebay.
According to him, the residents of those villages do not know anything about the guns seizure and the shooting over the police officers at Sinak Police Headquarters.
“People should not receive the impact of this raid,” he said. When being confirmed, Papua Police Spokesperson admitted he received information about a citizen shot for suspected member of Free Papua Movement, but after checking, it was not true.
According to him, searching the victim, the Police and people were not found the body. He also denied the accusation said the Police burned houses during the raid.
“It’s not true. No houses were burned. People have also agreed that anyone who caught hiding ammunitions or guns would be penalized. The regent would give them ransom to those who return it,” said Renwarin.

Where is the Justice for West Papuan?

Paniai Customary Council, John Gobai, regretted the Police’s operation that caused the loss of people’s houses in Sinak. He said the security personnel are often not professional in doing operation that resulting victims among civilians.
“It has repeatedly happened all the time. In 2013, the similar thing was also happened in Paniai. Every passing vehicle would be raided. As a result, the situation in Paniai became disturbed,” he said.
“In Pugo Village, all people were left at that time because of fears. Their houses were burned for the reason that the security forces hunted the rebel group that they called the National Liberation Army – Papua Free Movement who involved in the gunfire with them at Waidide, Pugo Village, Paniai Timur Sub-district,” added Gobay.
He also questioned the Police for quickly appointed someone as Sinak Police’s attacker.
“Just within 1 x 24 hours after the attack on Sinak Police Headquarters, the Police personnel were directly deployed to search the perpetrators. Papua Police Chief even came directly to Sinak. And the Indonesian Police Chief accused Benny Wenda as the actor behind the attack,” he asserted.
“But what about the shooting over four high school students in Paniai at the early December 2014, after 1 x 365 days it had not been revealed yet. In fact the Police have no dare to suspect. Where is the justice for us, the indigenous Papuan?” Gobay questioned.

“Jokowi Concerns on Investment Only”

The security forces’ repressive acts and the slow resolution to the cases of violence towards the indigenous Papuan is also highlighted by the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG).
In the press release received by BeritaBenar in Papua, the Director of HRWG Rafendi Jamin accused the government under the President Joko Widodo to be more concerned on investment than the settlement of the cases of violence and human rights violations in Papua.
He said Widodo has shown the chronic fear in addressing the conflict and violence in Papua, so tends to respond it as the handling of the issue of separatism.
“It’s clearly reflected through repressive and security approaches that are still done excessively by the government. These approaches often sacrifice the civil society who actually does not understand about the real issues that’s going on,” he said. (Victor Mambor/rom)


Nabire, Jubi – The vhairman of the Institute for the Development of Indigenous Peoples Tribe Wolani, Mee and Moni (LPMA SWAMEEMO), Thobias Bagubau, said the group would keep urging Papua governor Lukas Enembe to resolve the problem of illegal mining in Degeuwo.
“I’m trying to coordinate with the Papua governor,” he told the Jubi in Nabire on Tuesday (5/1/2016).
According to him, in 2014, Enembe told journalists that he would solve the problem of illegal mining in Degeuwo.
“I keep asking the governor to make good on his promise, because he himself said Degeuwo mining issues endangered for local peoples, and should be closed,” he said.
There are five cases at the illegal mining sites such as the problem administration. License issued by local government Paniai era Naftali Yogi, Yanuarius Dou till current Paniai Regent Hengky Kayame.
“The license issued did not follow the actual mining mechanisms. Surprisingly. When the government issued a permit, it also did not control either. Similarly, the letter issued by the mining minister also did not got through the procedure,” he continued.
Second, the alleged human rights violations. Indigenous peoples, the owners customary were beaten by officers on duty around the site.
Third, prostitution. He said many commercial sex workers infected with HIV-AIDS. Residents who have sex too infected with HIV until died.
Fourth, the seizure of natural resources, theft of aloes wood, gold making illegal seizure of indigenous lands, felling wild.
Fifth, the environmental degradation of indigenous peoples, EIA (analysis on the environmental impact), the loss of a source of clean water for Swamemo peoples.
“We’ve made a complete document. Advocacy results since 2003-2015 has been completed in one of accountability. We will deliver to President Jokowi, governor of Papua Lukas Enembe. already submitted to Papua Police chief Inspector, Paulus Waterpau. NGOs will become our partners. We will share approximately 30 more agencies,” he said. (Hengky Yeimo)


Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Provincial Health Director, drg. Aloysius Giyai said healthy living should start from ourselves by keeping the surrounding environment clean.
Reflecting from Nduga case, the main problem is the environment that is not properly maintained so that the seeds of the disease began to grow and infecting the human body.
“Healthy living needs intake of balanced nutrition and environment needs to support health,” said Aloysius some time ago in Jayapura.

Aloysius also added that health is a determining factor for the welfare of people.
“So many deaths were mostly caused by diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, malaria, and many more types of diseases that always haunt the people of Papua,” he said.
“Generally, people tend to pay attention to health when they are sick. Yet, it can be prevented as early as possible to maintain our environment clean,” he said.
Mika Manubui (38) agreed with his statements, but there are several factors that affect the health of the people of Papua.
“The factors, among others, factors such as culture, lifestyle, level of education, level of prosperity,” he said. (Roy Ratumakin/Tina)

Biak, Jubi – In 2016, Private pioneering fleet company Mandala Sembilan provides marine transportation for people of Mapia, the outermost island of Supiori Regency, which neighbors the Republic of Palau.
“Since January 2016, Mandala Sembilan has transportation route for New Year for people on Mapia Island and its surrounding,” said a company staffer, S. Swabra, on Thursday (7/1/2016) in Biak.
He acknowledged the facility of marine transportation in 2016 for the return route Biak-Mapia Island, Biak-Numfor and Manokawari is a program of the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia.

In early 2016, added Swabra, Mandala Sembilan has transported passengers and goods to Mapia Islands. “The ship for Mapia islanders continues serving people as scheduled,” said Swabra.
Mapia Islands, which located in Supiori Barat Sub-district of Supiori Regency, is the islands with potential assets of marine resources and coconut plantation neighboring to the Republic of Palau. It consists of thirty households or 200 populations.
Based on data from the Directorate General of Marine Transportation of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, three boats, a private company’s boat Mandala Sembilan and two public boats KM Papua Satu and KM Papua Lima, will operate for the route Biak-Mapia Islands in Biak Numfor Regency in 2016. (*/rom)

Manokwari, Jubi – The government will extend the runway of Marinda Airport in Raja Ampat from 1,200 meters to 2,500 meters.
“The plan will be realized President Joko Widodo recently launched Domini Airport passenger terminal Edward Osok in Sorong,” said West Papua Governor Abraham O. Ataruri at governor’s office, Monday (7/1/2016 ).
Head of Transport Department of Information and Communications of West Papua, Bambang Susanto Heriawan, said separately, said the extension of the runway is part of the government’s plan to make the international airport.
“Raja Ampat is a regional tourism destination, thus, airport conditions into consideration,” he said.
As for the development of Manokwari Rendani Airport, he added, will be made according the original plan will be extended from 2,000 meters to 2,500 meters. He added, Rendani airport runway extension plan, was submitted to the Minister of Transportation.
“Now, depending on the government’s efforts of West Papua province, Manokwari District and to seek the release of customary land,” he said. According to him, the release of customary land to be used as an extension of the airport runway is in process. (*/ Tina)

Jayapura, Jubi – The head of the education department of Jayapura, I Wayan Mudiyasa, said that until the end of 2015, it has disbursed 59 billion Teacher Certification funds for Jayapura city.
“A total of 1,336 teachers who received the funds are already certified. The second term fund was paid Rp 36,244 billion and the 1st half of Rp 21.518 billion,” he said by telephone cellular on Sunday (7/1/2016).
He explained there is no problem for the certification of funds for primary education ie SD, Junior and Kindergarten, while for senior high school there are about 65 or 55 teachers left . “Hopefully in the near future, can be paid,” he added.

He further explained the problem the certification fund can not be paid due to Asked why there are still problems related to certification, Wayan suggests the problem is dilinieritas or not linear means certification upon submission of professionalism or part profession is not in accordance with the linear no problem so can not be paid.
“The government has taken appropriate steps for teachers teachers who are not linear or do not meet 24 hours. We have made a letter to the ministry of education, yet it has not been responded yet,” he continued.
Nurhadi, head of Senior High school division of education department said all teachers must be certified in 2016. He will continue to encourage the implementation of teacher competence
or a certified teacher.”Inevitably the year of 2018 all teachers must be certified,” he said. (Sindung Sukoco)

7) Police back out from Setya  investigation
Fedina S. Sundaryani, Ina Parlina and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Sat, January 09 2016, 6:16 PM - 

The National Police say that they will not launch a criminal investigation into former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto over his alleged attempt to broker a back room deal with PT Freeport Indonesia. 

National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti told reporters on Friday that investigators had already consulted with experts and concluded that there was no legal justification for launching a general crimes investigation as the conversation between Setya, Freeport Indonesia president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin and business tycoon Muhammad Reza Chalid did not violate any articles of the Criminal Code.

“We can’t charge them with slander against the President as the Constitutional Court abolished that article. We can’t pursue a case of slander against the President because the recording was not made public by Setya, but by the House ethics council hearings,” he said at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta.

Badrodin added that it was also impossible for the police to investigate allegations that Maroef had committed fraud because he did not do anything that could be considered a violation of the Criminal Code.

“This definitely has more indications of being a special crime, which is already being probed by the Attorney General’s Office [AGO],” he said. 

Late last year, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said reported Setya to the House ethics council for allegedly claiming to have won the approval of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla to secure shares and projects from Freeport in exchange for helping the company to extend its contract and continue operations at its gold mine in Papua, one of the world’s largest.

The report included a transcript and copy of a conversation between Setya, Maroef and Reza.

Following the report, the ethics council held a series of hearings, with testimony from Maroef, Sudirman and Setya himself, to determine whether he had committed a breach of ethics

However, Setya resigned from his post as House speaker before a decision could be made and will become Golkar Party faction leader pending approval.

The AGO has since launched an investigation into the case and claims that the parties involved in the conversation could be charged with conspiracy to commit corruption. Both Maroef and Sudirman have already been questioned while Setya is scheduled to be summoned next week. However, Reza has failed to answer two summons as he left the country days after the AGO announced its investigation. 

Setya has also filed a police report against both Sudirman and Maroef for alleged defamation and a violation of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law by recording the conversation without his consent. 

However, he did not show up to give his testimony against Sudirman and Maroef on Friday, with his lawyer Firman Wijaya saying that Setya had clearly stated his case.

“Our police report is clear enough. It concerns slander, defamation and violation of the ITE Law. It may even come under the Intelligence Law as recording without notice is illegal unless conducted by a law enforcement body,” Firman said on Friday.

Meanwhile, after weeks of insisting that special permission from President Jokowi was required to summon Setya, Attorney General M. Prasetyo finally said on Friday that his office would press ahead with summoning Setya without such permission.

“I have ordered [prosecutors] to immediately summon him. [The questioning] will probably be conducted next week,” Prasetyo said on Friday. “I’d like to underline that we need no special permission from the President.”


8) Army strengthens border  security areas, considers  forming new military commands -
Marguerite Afra Sapiie,, Jakarta | National | Sat, January 09 2016, 3:07 PM - 

The Indonesian Army will further strengthen military posts in the Indonesian regions bordering other countries with the objective of developing infrastructure and human resources, Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Muhammad Sabrar Fadhilah said on Friday.
He also said the Indonesian Military would mull over establishing new Military Commands in Papua and Sulawesi.
According to Fadhilah, military posts in border regions now lacked military personnel and infrastructure that supported their mobility, such as roads, transportation and weapons systems, making the bases unable to effectively be at the forefront of safeguarding the country.
"We will improve the infrastructure and place more personnel, since they are the ones who will directly face threats of invasion or smuggling over the sea," Fadhilah told journalists. He gave as an example that currently only two military personnel were placed in a military post on Liran Island, the westernmost island of the Maluku province.
Border regions susceptible to attacks have become a priority, according to Fadhilah, particularly regions such as Maluku, Papua, the Kalimantan borders, Aceh (North Sumatra) and small islands that are mostly located in eastern Indonesia.
The form of development could not be standardized for all military posts in Indonesia, Fadhilah said, since the distinct conditions shaped what needed to be improved in each region.
"For example, speedboats for military personnel placed on islands will bring greater benefits for mobility than motorcycles," Fadhilah said.
Meanwhile, the Army would also aim to form Military Command (Kodam) 13 in Manado, North Sulawesi, to further intensify control of the border regions and to further enhance the security there.
Kodam 13 would oversee three regional commands (Korem) in Manado, Gorontalo province and Palu in Central Sulawesi. The Army would also establish more military district commands (Kodim), the creation of which would be based on necessity.
"This [the formation of new military commands] is for the sake of the national interest, particularly to safeguard Indonesia's sovereignty because the Indonesian Military is responsible to protect outer border regions," said Fadhilah.
The Army was also eyeing the formation of a new Kodam in West Papua to cover sensitive areas, but it was still in the assessment stage and would be developed in the future, Fadhilah added. (bbn)

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