Thursday, March 24, 2016

1) Papua government urges restraint from minister

2) Official, Businessman Jailed in Papua Power Plant Corruption Case
1) Papua government urges restraint from minister
2:24 pm on 24 March 2016

                                    Jayapura Harbour, Papua Province, Indonesia. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

The Papua Provincial Government has urged Indonesia's Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs to stop making statements that provoke anxiety in Papua.
The minister, Luhut Panjaitan, has signalled increased security forces operations in a move to crush Papuan separatism.
This follows the recent shooting of three construction workers from the big Trans Papua Highway project in Puncak Jaya.
Luhut also recently downplayed human rights violations by security forces in Papua.
Tabloid Jubi reports that the Papua Regional Secretary Hery Dosinaen warned that the minister's responses run the risk of raising anxiety in Papua.
He said that as a minister Luhut must think before making statements, because it could have a huge impact on the people.
According to Mr Dosinaen, the Central Government should sit together with all stakeholders in Papua before launching more security operations.
Papuan officials are concerned that Indonesian security operations often unfairly target the region's indigenous communities.
Earlier, Papuan councilor Laurenzus Kadepa reminded Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan that perpetrators of shooting deaths in Papua are rarely revealed.
He pointed out that Indonesian officials frequently blame shootings on insurgent groups like the Papua Free Movement or separatists, when there is little evidence backing this up.

2) Official, Businessman Jailed in Papua Power Plant Corruption Case

By : Erwin C Sihombing | on 9:06 AM March 24, 2016
Jakarta. The Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday (23/03) sentenced a local official and a businessman to two years in prison, along with Rp 50 million ($3,800) in penalty for bribing a former Hanura Party lawmaker in a Papua power plant project.
Deiyai Mining Office head, Irenius Adi, and Abdi Bumi Cendrawasih director, Setiadi Jusuf, were found guilty of giving S$177,700 ($130,000) in bribes last October to Dewie Yasin Limpo, in an effort to ensure funding for a micro-hydroelectric plant in Deiyai district would be approved in the this year's state budget.
"Defendants Irenius Adi and Setiadi Jusuf have been convincingly proven to have collectively committed corruption," presiding judge John Halasan Butarbutar said as he read out the verdict.
But Wednesday's sentence was less than the three years sought by prosecutors from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), who also demanded the two be fined Rp 100 million. The KPK said it will consider appealing the verdict.
KPK investigators believe October's cash was only the first half of a promised payment, with the remaining scheduled to be paid if Dewie succeeded in getting the project approved.
Dewie, a member of the powerful Yasin Limpo political dynasty in South Sulawesi, is a former member of the House of Representatives' energy oversight commission.

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