Abepura prison riot trial


After hearing that an escaped prisoner had been shot dead, inmates at Abepura Prison were angry and rioted, smashing windows of the prison. Five men, including two political prisoners were blamed for inciting the riot and transferred to the Papuan police headquarters for a few months. Then eighteen months later, once he had already been released, Buchtar Tabuni was rearrested for this case, tried and sentenced to eight months in prison. Another former political prisoner, Yusak Pakage, was arrested while watching a court hearing, after he kicked over a rubbish bin in anger. He was eventally sentenced to seven months for possession of a penknife.