Papuans Behind Bars: August 2013

In brief

At the end of August 2013, there were at least 55 political prisoners in Papuan jails. There were scores of arrests this month that reflected police attempts to hinder peaceful demonstrations across Papua. All those arrested during the month of August werereleased from detention, most of them without charge. However in Sorong, four community leaders have been conditionally released from detention and charged with treason and incitement. In Wamena, two witnesses to a police murder were detained and released.

Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap of the Depapre case, as well as the six activists in the Abepura ammunitions case have been released. There have been reported concerns regarding the investigations into the Biak 1 May case and the Aimas 1 May trial. Indonesian security forces raided a Papuan Indigenous Council office and a church in Paniai. Filep Karma’s health condition worsened as he was once again denied adequate medical treatment.

Arrests

Four community leaders arrested following press statement in support of Freedom Flotilla

On 28 August 2013, at around 18:00 Papuan time, Sorong Regional police arrested four community leaders in the Old Maranatha Church, Sorong City. Apolos Sewa, Head of the Regional Indigenous Council (Dewan Adat Daerah, DAD), Yohanis Goram Gaman, Coordinator of DAD, Amandus Mirino and Samuel Klasjok were arrested after a prayer session and statement to the press in solidarity with a ‘Freedom Flotilla’ that is sailing from Australia to West Papua to highlight the human rights situation in West Papua.

According to reports from a local activist as stated in Tabloid Jubi, the prayer session and press statement were received enthusiastically by the local people who were in attendance. In support of the press statement – which welcomed the Freedom Flotilla – the Morning Star flag along with other aboriginal flags were unfurled. Shortly after, the four leaders were arrested and taken to Sorong Regional police station for questioning.

Information received from another local source stated that the four were conditionally released from detention after being interrogated overnight. The four activists were required to submit a statement to the police agreeing to cooperate with police investigators, to attend court proceedings and to report to the police twice a week. The Alliance for Democracy for Papua (Aliansi Demokrasi untuk Papua, ALDP) stated that on 2 September, the four men reported to Sorong Regional police station for the first time since their release on 29 August. ALDP also reported that human rights lawyers will coordinate with Sorong police to organise access for the four men to legal accompaniment. Reports in the Papuan press state they have been charged with treason and incitement under Articles 106 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code.

Arrests and intimidation of civilians and activists participating in Papuan Cultural Parade

According to reports from local human rights sources, Indonesian security forces attempted to hinder demonstrations taking place as part of a Papuan Cultural Parade on 15 August 2013 in numerous cities in Papua. The Cultural Parade was held to commemorate the New York Agreement of 1962, which resulted in West Papua being handed over to Indonesia, and in support of the opening a Free West Papua Campaign office in the Netherlands.

Waena

A report received by email from a local activist in Jayapura, stated that four KNPB (Komite Nasional Papua Barat) activists Agus Kosai, Toni Kobak, Wim Rocky Medlama and 13 other unnamed KNPB members were arrested on 14 August while preparing for the Cultural Parade. The activists had planned to parade from the Jayapura suburb of Waena to the grave of Papuan leader Theys Hiyo Eluay in the suburb of Sentani on 15 August but were arrested by Jayapura Regional police. After being interrogated for several hours, they were released but police seized items to be used at the Cultural Parade, including banners, a generator, microphones and megaphones. An article by Papuan news site Warta Papua Barat reported that in Jayapura, approximately 800 security personnel were deployed to contain a Cultural Parade march from Jayapura to Waena. In the article, a local human rights activist has criticised this action, stating that the heavy police presence was excessive for a peaceful demonstration.

In Waena, hundreds of civilians were reportedly ‘kettled’ by armed police at Terminal Abe-Sentani. According to an activist interviewed in the abovementioned report, four police trucks, one armoured tear gas vehicle and one tank were deployed to contain the Cultural Parade.

Wamena

The same report received from local activists stated that in the highland town of Wamena, airport police confiscated five banners sent from Jayapura for the Cultural Parade on 15 August. When KNPB activists asked the authorities for an explanation, they were allegedly told that the banners carried illegal messages of separatism and that this would ‘interrupt’ Indonesian Independence Day on 17 August. An Indonesian military unit, a district military command personnel and a Brimob police special forces unit allegedly occupied the space where the activists intended to parade, hindering their ability to assemble.

Fak-Fak

Another report received from the Papuan Indigenous Council (Dewan Adat Papua, DAP) illustrated heavy police tactics in Fak-Fak leading up to the Cultural Parade celebrations on 15 August. On 8 August, Fak-Fak Regional police brought a convoy of vehicles to Sakartemin village and issued a statement banning the public from carrying out the Parade. On 10 August, police confiscated a bag belonging to civilian Firmansyah Iribaram at Fak-Fak port, as it had the Morning Star flag printed on it. When asked for an explanation, police allegedly stated that they had the right to confiscate the bag. On 12 August, the Head of Fak-Fak Regional police Dr. M. Yusuh led a convoy of police vehicles to Kramonggea district where they issued a similar statement banning any actions celebrating the Cultural Parade.

On 13 August, nine KNPB members were arrested by Fak-Fak Regional police in Brongkendik village in Central Fak-Fak district. Local activists reported that the nine activists – Arnoldus Kocu, Lahamis Weripang (the Head of KNPB Fak-Fak), Daniel Kaninggal, Susana Kramandodon, Tobias Hegemur, Salimin Renwarin, Alex Hindon, Matias Bahamba and Yahya Bahamba – were arrested by fully armed police. Human rights organisation Elsham Papua reported that the nine men were released a few hours later after being interrogated.

The same report by DAP also stated that on 13 August, Fak-Fak Regional police claimed that they were not able to provide Indigenous Solidarity Action for Human Rights and Democracy (Solidaritas Aksi Kaum Pribumi untuk HAM dan Demokrasi, SKPHD) with an official receipt of the group’s notice of intention to carry out the Cultural Parade on 15 August. On 14 August at around 13:30 Papuan time, a joint military and National police task force conducted mass arrests in several villages in the central region of Fak-Fak. Approximately 150 civilians were arrested, including the elderly, women and children, and taken to Fak-Fak Regional Police station. Upon hearing of the mass arrests, three of the coordinators of the Cultural Parade, Roy Mury, Samuel Rohrohmana and Dany Hegumur headed to the police station to secure their release. The three activists were detained and interrogated for several hours before being released. The three activists negotiated the release of the 150 civilians, who were then released after spending three hours in detention.

The report also highlights an incident at Fak-Fak Regional police station in which the women detained were allegedly forced to remove their clothing down to their underwear in a strip search. This was reportedly conducted by two female police officers in the female restrooms. A 16-year old girl who gave a testimony of the account to the Institute for Research, Investigation and Development of Legal Aid in Manokwari (LP3BH) said that she was instructed to enter the restroom where one of the policewomen undressed her while interrogating her on her reasons for going into the town centre. A press statement from LP3BH strongly condemned the actions of the two policewomen, arguing that they were in violation of Article 5 and Article 32 of Law 8/1981 of the Criminal Procedural Code  and violated the principle of the presumption of innocence. Fak-Fak Regional police later issued an apology to the women.

On 15 August, demonstrators joining the Cultural Parade from Teluk Patipi district were stopped by police at around 09:30 Papuan time and brought to the Fak-Fak Regional police station. One of the coordinators of the Cultural Parade secured a guarantee from the police of their quick release after interrogation. During the Parade, Indonesian security forces intercepted and searched different groups headed towards Thumburuni Market carpark in Fak-Fak, the gathering place for the Parade. The report also stated that there were allegedly instances of civilians being threatened that they would be shot if they took part in the Parade. A man named Yosua was allegedly severely beaten and as a result suffered rectal bleeding. Motorists and pedestrians alike were stopped and searched throughout the day, reportedly without the use of search warrants.

Timika and Nabire

Local activists report that there were also police attempts to disperse the Cultural Parade in Timika, but the Parade proceeded peacefully. There were similar reports of peaceful activity at the Cultural Parade in Nabire.

Journalist severely beaten in Paniai

According to sources from Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Jayapura as reported by ALDP, on 15 August 2013 at around 16:20 Papuan time, Andreas Badii, a journalist with Papuan news site Bintang Papua was stopped on his motorbike and severely beaten by three Paniai Regional police officers. According to the Asian Human Rights Commission, Badii suffered from a torn lip and bloody nose as a result of the beatings and was taken to the East Paniai Sub-District Police Station some 500 metres from the scene. He was released after 30 minutes.

It is unclear whether the ill-treatment and arbitrary detention were inflicted due to Badii’s work as a journalist, or as part of general indiscriminate arrests and harassment of civilians in Paniai, which are not uncommon. Papuans Behind Bars has recorded 13 arbitrary arrests of civilians in Paniai this year, all of whom were later released without charge.

Witnesses to police murder detained in Wamena

A report received from a local human rights activist stated that on 8 August 2013, at around 10:30 Papuan time, two eyewitnesses to a police murder – ‘AW’ and ‘BK’ –  were arrested by Jayawijaya Regional police in Wamena. Brigadier Police officer Lusman Lua had allegedly fired two warning shots when an argument broke out between himself and Irwan Wenda, a civilian. AW and BK appealed to Lua not to shoot Wenda as he suffered from a mental illness. The report alleged that Lua reacted by shooting Wenda in the leg, stomach, head and left arm, killing him on the spot. The fatal shooting took place in the presence of four other Jayawijaya Regional police officers and the two eyewitnesses.

The five police officers then reportedly beat the two eyewitnesses without cause and brought them to the Jayawijaya Regional police station for interrogation. AHRC reported that the two were subjected to ill-treatment. With appeals from their family, they were released from detention several hours later. It is not known whether Lua has been charged or if any action has been taken against him.

Releases

Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap released

According to local sources, two activists detained since 15 February 2013 initially in connection with inquiries into the wherabouts of two pro-independence activists have been released. In August, Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap were sentenced to 6 months 15 days and 6 months 10 days respectively minus time already spent in detention for incitement and possession of weapons. Klembiap was released on 25 August 2013 while Gobay was released five days later on 30 August. Both men were tortured on arrest and in detention. The family of Matan Klembiap has also been the target of an alleged assassination attempt.

Six activists in Abepura ammunitions case released

Information received from a local source has reported the release of Denny Immanuel Hisage, Anike Kogoyo (female), Jhon Pekey, Rendy Wetapo, Jimmy Wea and Oliken Giay from Abepura prison in August 2013. The six activists were sentenced to ten months imprisonment under Emergency Law 12/1951 and Article 55 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. As reported in the July Update, in an interview with a local source, Hisage claimed that bullets were planted in his accommodation in order to fabricate evidence against them.

Political trials and cases overview

Prosecution of six 1 May Biak detainees

Newly received information from local human rights workers has clarified the identities of the six men detained in the Biak flag-raising case. They are known to be Oktovianus Warnares, Yoseph Arwakon, Yohanes Boseren, Markus Sawias, George Syors Simyapen and Jantje Wamaer.

On 1 May 2013, the six activists were arrested after police opened fire into a crowd of 50 people gathered for a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 1 May anniversary marking of the administrative transfer of West Papua to Indonesia. The six faced charges of treason and possession of weapons under Article 106, 53, 55 and 56 of the Indonesian Criminal Code and Article 1 of the Emergency Law 12/1951.

Local activists alleged that during the investigation, police attempted to plant incriminating evidence consisting of 49 bullets and three cartons of home-made bombs on the accused. On 2 July, the case was transferred to the Public Prosecutor only to be returned to police investigation on 10 July, reportedly due to the investigation report being incomplete and not yet receiving the status of ‘P.21’ , which indicates the completion of an investigation. Information received from local human rights lawyers states that on 29 August, the case was successfully transferred to the Prosecutor. Lawyers from the Legal Aid Institute (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum, LBH)in Jayapura have expressed willingness to represent the six  after their families submitted an appeal for legal aid. However, financial difficulties hinder their ability to provide legal accompaniment to the six activists, most of whom are farmers and cannot pay costs.

Unreliable witnesses presented in Aimas 1 May case

A report from online Papuan news site Tabloid Jubi stated that the trial for the Aimas 1 May case (see May Update) has begun. On 26 August 2013, witness examinations were conducted at the Sorong District Court. Three witnesses were presented by the Public Prosecutor. The report stated that only one out of the three witnesses, Mesak Takoy, had some knowledge of the incident that took place on 30 April commemorating 1 May, where seven people – Isak Klaibin, Klemens Kodimko, Obeth Kamesrar, Antonius Safuf, Obaja Kamesrar, Yordan Magabloi and Hengky Mangamis – were arrested and charged with treason under Articles 106, 108 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. According to LP3BH sources quoted in the report, Takoy had been Isak Klaibin’s neighbour for some time, but that he had no awareness of Klaibin’s alleged political activities and had no knowledge of nor had ever met the six other defendants.

Defence lawyers have objected to the Public Prosecutor’s submission of the two other witnesses – the head of Aimas District government and the head of the government National Unity office (Kesbang) in Manokwari – as they argued that the two individuals had not been present at the time of the incident on 30 April 2013. Defence lawyers also questioned the issue of a flag-raising pole, mentioned in the Investigation Report and Prosecution Letter, used as evidence against the seven activists. They argued that there was no such object present during the incident. Witness testimony is expected to continue in September.

Timika 1 May case transferred to Prosecutor

A local human rights lawyer has reported that the Timika 1 May flag raising case (see May Update) has been transferred to the Public Prosecutor. Another human rights source has stated that the five men – Domi Mom, Alfisu Wamang, Musa Elas, Eminus Waker and Yacob Onawame – are currently detained in Timika prison and that they are still without legal representation. The same source has also reported that the five men have been severely tortured and intimidated by police in detention.  As reported in our July Update, three of the men – Musa Elas, Yacob Onawame and Alfisu Wamang – have been suffering from deteriorating health. Their families have requested Mimika Regional police officials to provide them with adequate medical treatment at a hospital but no progress has been reported as yet.

Appeal to be submitted for Yapen Indigenous Day Celebrations case

Human rights lawyers have reported that they will be submitting an appeal against the sentencing of Edison Kendi and Yan Piet Maniamboi to two years’ and 18-months’ imprisonment respectively. The two men are no longer detained due to having already spent the maximum amount of time allowed in detention prior to the post-appeal verdict.

Yogor Telenggen accused of being involved in Pirime 2012 shootings

Information received via email from a local human rights source has revealed that Yogor Telenggen, who was previously reported as being involved in the 2012 shootings in Puncak Jaya against the Indonesian military, has now been accused of involvement in the Pirime, Jayawijaya case of 2012 and in the shooting of a motorist in Mulia Airport. It is thought that Telenggen is without legal representation, but this has not been confirmed. He has been in detention in Papua Provincial police station since 10 March 2013.

Verdict delivered for Atis Rambo Wenda

Recently received information from local sources reported that Atis Rambo Wenda, who was arrested on 4 April 2013 in Waena and was charged with violent crime under Article 170 of the Indonesian Criminal Code, was sentenced on 20 July to 10 months’ imprisonment. In the June Update, Papuans Behind Bars reported on the fears Wenda has of potential abuse he may suffer at the hands of Abepura authorities, leading him to decline much-needed medical treatment.

Appeal submitted for Bastian Mansoben

On 29 August 2013, human rights lawyers for Bastian Mansoben submitted an appeal against his sentence of 3 years and 6 months’ imprisonment, previously erroneously reported as 3 years’ imprisonment in the June Update. Mansoben was tortured on arrest by Biak police and beaten severely in detention.

Sarmi arrests trial continues to be postponed

A witness hearing on 28 August at the trial of Alex Makabori (alias Isak Demetouw), Daniel Norotouw, Niko Sasomar and Sileman Teno was postponed. Human rights lawyers have stated that the witness hearings have been postponed several times. This is reportedly due to the Public Prosecutor not being able to obtain witnesses. The Prosecutor has allegedly stated that military personnel who were witnesses have been transferred to Merauke, while civilian witnesses were not able to attend because they lived far away.

Cases of concern

Indigenous council members intimidated and threatened in large police operation in West Sentani

Information received from two local human rights sources report that on 12 August 2013, the office of the Papuan Indigenous Council (Dewan Adat Papua, DAP), which is also the residence of political prisoner Forkorus Yaboisembut, was raided in a police operation supported by the military. Reports received state that the DAP office, based in Sabron Yaru village in West Sentani district, was encircled by around 100 armed security officers arriving on 20 patrol motorcycles, two trucks from the Jayapura Regional police and one truck from the Batallion 751 Sentani division of the military. A report received from one of the local sources stated that at the time, the office was occupied only by one member of the organisation’s security outfit, National Papuan police and two DAP members, who were threatened with being shot if they did not remain seated and quiet.

The head of the Jayapura Regional Police, Roicke Harry Langi, who led the operation reportedly stated that their intention was to demand that DAP’s security organisationNational Papuan police no longer wear their custom-made uniforms. The security forces allegedly also stated that they were instructed by the head of Police and Commander of the Indonesian military to take immediate action against those who do not comply with the new rule. The National Papuan police are not considered to be an officially sanctioned institution by the Indonesian authorities.

Filep Karma’s health condition worsens, denied medical treatment again

A report received from the Jayapura branch of the Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of Franciscans of Papua (SKPKC Jayapura) has revealed new concerns for  the health of Filep Karma, who has been diagnosed with heart disease by the medical team in Abepura prison. The medical team has advised special treatment at a public government hospital in Jayapura. Despite this the Head of Abepura prison has reportedly ignored three referral letters made by the Abepura prison medical team requesting Karma be given the treatment he requires.

Security forces raid Paniai church in search for weapons

Papuan news site Majalah Selangkah reported a joint police and military task force raid on the St Maria Magdalena Catholic Church in Pugodide region in Paniai regency on 4 August 2013. According to information Majalah Selangkah received from a local activist based in Paniai, the raid was conducted in the search for weapons allegedly owned by a group of suspected militants in Pugodide region.

A chronology of events as described by the local Paniai source stated that on 1 August, the Pugodide community received news regarding a distribution of livestock for 10 clans from three villages. Jonatan Bunai Gedeutopaa, a military official in Jayapura had requested that the Pugodide community gather in the compound of the St Maria Magdalena Church on 4 August for the livestock to be divided amongst them before the start of Sunday mass. While the distribution was being carried out, 15 Indonesian military officers arrived in three vehicles and proceeded to conduct searches on the community members, including women, children and the elderly, reportedly in search of weapons they say they believed were owned by suspected militants.

The security forces also reportedly forcibly entered the church, damaging the front door. The military officers ransacked the church, searched the area around the church and climbed onto the roof in their search for weapons.  The report also stated that Jonatan Bunai, and another military official Matias Bunai, who helped facilitate the livestock distribution, were not involved in the raid. No weapons were found. Security forces seized a total of IDR 16 million from the church and several handphones belonging to the community and brought the seized items to Paniai Regional police station in Madi. As reported in previous updates, the Indonesian military has often  harassed and intimidated civilians in Paniai in sweeping operations where personal items are seized without warrants. 

News

Governor Enembe visits political prisoners in Abepura

Political prisoner Selpius Bobii has issued a statement in reply to a recent visit by Lukas Enembe, the Governor of Papua, to Abepura Prison on 17 August 2013. The statement reiterates the rejection of offers of clemency on the part of the political prisoners in Abepura (which would require an admission of guilt), and highlights some of the conversations between Enembe and Filep Karma, Victor Yeimo and Selpius Bobii. In response to the Governor’s visit to his cell block, Bobii told the Governor that as political prisoners they reject clemency, and that the Papuan nation was ready to negotiate with Indonesia and reject Special Autonomy Plus. Enembe had reportedly told the prisoners to leave the pro-independence movement and work towards achieving freedom through prosperity.

August 2013 Papuan political prisoners

  Prisoner Arrested Charges Sentence Case Accused of violence? Concerns reported re legal process? Prison
1 Victor Yeimo 13 May 2013 160 3 years  (handed down in 2009) 2009 demo; 13 May Jayapura demo No Yes Abepura
2 Astro Kaaba 3 May 2013 Treason Unknown Yapen police death Yes Trial pending Serui police station
3 Hans Arrongear Unknown Treason Unknown Yapen police death Yes Trial pending Serui police station
4 Oktovianus Warnares 1 May 2013 106, Emergency Law 12/1951 Unknown Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Biak police custody
5 Yoseph Arwakon 1 May 2013 106, Emergency Law 12/1951 Unknown Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Biak police custody
6 Yohanes Boseren 1 May 2013 106, Emergency Law 12/1951 Unknown Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Biak police custody
7 Markus Sawias 1 May 2013 106, Emergency Law 12/1951 Unknown Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Biak police custody
8 George Syors Simyapen 1 May 2013 106, Emergency Law 12/1951 Unknown Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Biak police custody
9 Jantje Wamaer 1 May 2013 106, Emergency Law 12/1951 Unknown Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Yes Biak police custody
10 Domi Mom 1 May 2013 Treason Unknown Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Trial pending Timika
11 Alfisu Wamang 1 May 2013 Treason Unknown Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Trial pending Timika
12 Musa Elas 1 May 2013 Treason Unknown Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Trial pending Timika
13 Eminus Waker 1 May 2013 Treason Unknown Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Trial pending Timika
14 Yacob Onawame 1 May 2013 Treason Unknown Timika flag-raising, 1 May commemoration No Trial pending Timika
15 Hengky Mangamis 30 April 2013 106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 Trial ongoing Aimas shootings, 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong police station
16 Yordan Magablo 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 Trial ongoing Aimas shootings, 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong police station
17 Obaja Kamesrar 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 Trial ongoing Aimas shootings, 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong police station
18 Antonius Safuf 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 Trial ongoing Aimas shootings, 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong police station
19 Obeth Kamesrar 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 Trial ongoing Aimas shootings, 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong police station
20 Klemens Kodimko 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 Trial ongoing Aimas shootings, 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong police station
21 Isak Klaibin 30 April

2013

106, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 Trial ongoing Aimas shootings, 1 May commemoration; accused of being TPN/OPM No Yes Sorong police station
22 Yahya Bonay 27 April 2013 Unknown Unknown Yapen police

death

Yes Trial pending Serui police custody
23 Atis Rambo Wenda 4 April 2013 170 10 months Accused of violent crime Yes Yes Abepura
24 Yogor Telenggen 10 March 2013 340, 338, 170, 251, Emergency Law 12/1951 Awaiting trial Pirime shootings 2012 Yes Yes Papua Provincial police station
25 Isak Demetouw(alias Alex Makabori) 3 March 2013 110; Article 2, Emergency Law 12/1951 Trial ongoing Sarmi arrests No Trial pending Sarmi
26 Daniel Norotouw 3 March 2013 110; Article 2, Emergency Law 12/1951 Trial ongoing Sarmi arrests No Trial pending Sarmi
27 Niko Sasomar 3 March 2013 110; Article 2, Emergency Law 12/1951 Trial ongoing Sarmi arrests No Trial pending Sarmi
28 Sileman Teno 3 March 2013 110; Article 2, Emergency Law 12/1951 Trial ongoing Sarmi arrests No Trial pending Sarmi
29 Boas Gombo 28 February 2013 Articles 24 and 66 of Law 24/2009 9 months Indonesian flag at PNG border No Yes Abepura
30 Andinus Karoba 10 October 2012 365(2), Law 8/1981 1 year 10 months Demak activist accused of theft Yes Yes Abepura
31 Yan Piet Maniamboy 9 August 2012 106 Trial ongoing Indigenous people’s day celebrations, Yapen No Yes Serui
32 Edison Kendi 9 August 2012 106 Trial ongoing Indigenous people’s day celebrations, Yapen No Yes Serui
33 Jefri Wandikbo 7 June 2012 340, 56, Law 8/1981 8 years Accused of violent crime in Wamena Yes Yes Abepura
34 Timur Wakerkwa 1 May 2012 106 2.5 years 1 May demo and flag-raising No No Abepura
35 Darius Kogoya 1 May 2012 106 3 years 1 May demo and flag-raising No No Abepura
36 Bastian Mansoben 21 October 2012 Emergency Law 12/1951 Trial ongoing Biak explosives case Possession of explosives No Biak
37 Forkorus Yaboisembut 19 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
38 Edison Waromi 19 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
39 Dominikus Surabut 19 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
40 August Kraar 19 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
41 Selphius Bobii 20 October 2011 106 3 years Third Papua Congress No Yes Abepura
42 Wiki Meaga 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
43 Oskar Hilago 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
44 Meki Elosak 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
45 Obed Kosay 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
46 Yusanur Wenda 30 April 2004 106 17 years Wunin arrests Yes No Wamena
47 Dipenus Wenda 28 March 2004 106 14 years Bokondini election boycott Unclear No Wamena
48 George Ariks 13 March 2009 106 5 years Unknown Unknown No Manokwari
49 Filep Karma 1 December 2004 106 15 years Abepura flag-raising 2004 No Yes Abepura
50 Ferdinand Pakage 16 March 2006 214 15 years Abepura case 2006 Yes Yes Abepura
51 Jefrai Murib 12 April 2003 106 Life Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Abepura
52 Linus Hiel Hiluka 27 May 2003 106 20 years Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Nabire
53 Kimanus Wenda 12 April 2003 106 20 years Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Nabire
54 Numbungga Telenggen 11 April 2003 106 Life Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Biak
55 Apotnalogolik Lokobal 10 April 2003 106 20 years Wamena ammunition store raid Yes Yes Biak

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