Wednesday, August 30, 2017

1) Papua Police to monitor use of village funds

2) Fairy Meadow man found guilty of making offensive comments over Indonesian PM Facebook posts
1) Papua Police to monitor use of village funds
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura | Wed, August 30, 2017 | 07:15 pm

Less developed: A quay in Yahim village near Sentani Lake, Papua, remains the only access point for people in the village to travel to Sentani, Jayapura regency. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)
The Papua Police will monitor the use of village funds amounting to Rp 4.3 trillion (US$322 million) allocated for 5,420 villages in 28 regencies and one municipality across the province.
“The police will monitor the channeling of the village funds in Papua this year. Babinkamtibmas [police officers assigned to villages as advisors on security and public order] in villages will be trained to watch and guard the utilization of the funds,” Papua Police head Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said on Wednesday.
He said two regencies and one municipality in Papua would pilot the involvement of National Police (Polri) personnel in the supervision and monitoring of village funds in the province.
“The Babinkamtibmas personnel who will receive training are from two regencies, namely Jayapura and Keerom, and Jayapura city,” he said.

Struggle for life: Local women from Hobong village, Sentani, Papua, go fishing. Hobong villagers depend on Sentani Lake for their livelihood. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

Commenting on the alleged misuse of village funds in two regencies, Pegunungan Bintang and Tolikara, Boy said the police were investigating the cases.
Pegunungan Bintang Regent Costan Oktemka said the investigation into the alleged village fund misuse began from a report that a village head in the regency had used some of the funds for his personal purposes.
“He cut the funds by up to Rp 15 million, claiming he would use it to pay taxes. It’s wrong. The village head has been dismissed,” said Costan.
Central Mamberamo Regent Ham Pagawak has dismissed two village heads for allegedly misusing village funds. “They used the funds to buy private houses. We dismissed them because village funds are allocated to develop villages, not for personal purposes,” Ham said. (afr/ebf)
Illawarra Mercury Thursday August 31, 2017
2) Fairy Meadow man found guilty of making offensive comments over Indonesian PM Facebook posts

A Fairy Meadow man who used Facebook to post threatening comments about the Indonesian prime minister the day before he was due to arrive in Australia has been found guilty of offensive conduct.
New Zealand-born Ekiulu Marukore was initially unaware of the reason NSW counter terrorism and riot squad police pulled his car over at Bellambi on the afternoon of February 25 this year, however police quickly informed him they were concerned about a comment he had posted on the Free West Papua Campaign page on Facebook the previous day.
In the post, directed at Indonesian prime minister Joko Widodo, Marukore wrote “give me a gun and their whereabouts, see how they feel when their lives are threatened and their freedom taken away….doesn’t have to be this [way] but something has to happen for the world to notice and do something about it. Free West Papua”.
Officers arrested Marukore and charged him with using a carriage service to offend. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, with his lawyer, Matthew Ward, arguing Marukore’s comment, when taken in context with other vocal anti-Indonesia comments on the page, was not offensive.
However, Magistrate Les Mabbutt the offence proven.
“Once someone mentions a firearm, once someone mentions locating that person and threatening them, I come to the view that a reasonable person in contemporary society would find this comment offensive,” he said.
Marukore admitted to police his actions were “stupid” and said he never intended to carry out the threat.
Magistrate Mabbutt recorded no conviction in the case, noting Marukore was remorseful and had no record.

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