Viktor Tuturop

Date of Birth1966
ChargesArticles 106, 110
Date of Arrest19/07/2008
Case DetailsPolice arrested 46 people at a flag raising event in Fak-Fak. 35 people were rounded up and taken to the police station, a further eleven people were also arrested. Most of the people were eventually released but nine were held in prison awaiting trial.
SentenceFour years imprisonment
Concerns Ill treatment on arrest
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Viktor Tuturop (born 1966) is a farmer from Fak-Fak.
He was arrested on 19th July 2008 at a flag raising event outside the Pepera building in Fak-Fak, West Papua province. A report of the incident from Elsham Papua relates how after the flag was flown for two minutes, the police rounded-up 35 people and took them to the police station. There they were threatened, hit with sticks, and some were kicked by jackboots. The men were forced to strip to their underwear. Another eleven people were also arrested and brought to the police station later. Then, responding to the arrests, Tadeus Weripang and Simon Tuturop came to the police station to claim that they were the ones responsible for the flag-raisings.

Eventually most of the 46 people arrested were released, but nine were held in prison awaiting trial. Six of the accused, including Mr Tuturop, faced charges of treason (clauses 106 and 110 of the Indonesian criminal code), and three were charged with the lesser offence of carrying weapons, in the form of traditional knifes or machetes, according to a report posted on the Free West Papua website.

Although no detailed reports of the trial have been published, it was reported by news website Okezone that Viktor Tuturop was sentenced to one and a half years in prison on 27th January 2009. However, as local community radio HMS Fakfak has reported, the prosecution appealed the sentence and it was subsequently extended to four years.

A local news website, Fakfak info reported that Victor Tuturop was released on 17th August 2011. Another 47 inmates were granted remission that day, as part of the anniversary of Indonesian independence commemorations. Of the 47, only Mr Tuturop was officially granted his freedom that day, the first of the six prisoners in the Fakfak treason case to be freed.

Sources

Laporan Elsham Papua Pos Kontak Fak-Fak, 19th July 2008, http://www.hampapua.org/skp/skp06/var-23i.pdf

Free West Papua, 22nd July 2008, http://www.freewestpapua.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=735&Itemid=29

Okezone, 27th January 2009, 4 Pelaku Pengibaran Bintang Kejora Divonis 1.5 Tahun, http://www.ligagame.com/forum/index.php?topic=78073.785;wap2 (no longer available at original website

Radio HMS FakFak, 4th December 2009, 1 December, Tahanan Politik Papua di Fak-Fak Desak Perundingan, http://radiohmsfakfak.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/1-desember-tahanan-politik-papua-di-fakfak-desak-perundingan/

Fakfak Info, 18th August 2011, 47 Narapidana Dapat Remisi, 1 Bebas, http://fakfakinfo.com/2011/08/47-narapidana-dapat-remisi-1-bebas.html

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