Monday, May 6, 2019

1) Anniversary of Tjibaou's death commemorated in New Caledonia
2) Papuan rebels protest proposed death penalty sentence
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1) Anniversary of Tjibaou's death commemorated in New Caledonia

9:54 am today 


Commemorations have been held in New Caledonia to mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of the pro-independence leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou.





The Kanak independence leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou, who was killed on the New Caledonia island of Ouvea in 1988. Photo: AFP or licensors


Mr Tjibaou was killed along with Yeiwene Yeiwene, who was another senior politician of the pro-independence FLNKS movement.
The two Kanak leaders were gunned down on the island of Ouveaby a local independence advocate Djubelly Wea who was upset with the signing of the 1988 Matignon Accords which ended years of unrest.
Mr Wea was shot dead by a guard.
In Ouvea, there was also a remembrance of the 19 Kanaks killed by French commandos in the Ouvea hostage crisis a year earlier.
In Hienghene in the north of the main island, where Mr Tjibaou used to be the mayor, this year's Tjibaou Cup sports events have been timed to conincide with the anniversary.

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2) Papuan rebels protest proposed death penalty sentence

1:45 pm today 


A rebel group in Indonesia-ruled West Papua is protesting calls for one of its members to face the death penalty.


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3/5/19 Manokwari, West Papua

Yogor Telenggen, anggota Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat, dituntut hukuman mati atas pembunuhan berencana.

Prosecutor demands death penalty for Yogor Telenggen, a West Papua Liberation Army freedom fighter, over premeditated murder.
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Indonesian prosecutors on Friday demanded the sentence for Yogor Telenggen, a West Papua Liberation Army fighter charged with premeditated murder.
Telenggen is serving a life sentence, but escaped in January 2016, only to be recaptured in May last year, according to the Liberation Army.
He faces fresh charges over a shooting in Feburary last year in the Papua central highlands regency of Puncak.
A Liberation Army spokesperson Sebby Sambom said the charges were unfair because Telenggen was fighting in a war against the Indonesian state.
Mr Sambom said if Telenggen gets the death sentence, the Liberation Army will retaliate.
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