Timika treason and explosives case


Around twelve KNPB members were arrested in Timika on the night of 19 October. Six were set free a few weeks later, and the other six were held to face charges of possessing weapons. Although the case was reported as an explosives case, in fact only one of the six men was actually accused of possessing explosives (of the type used for ‘dynamite fishing,’ known locally as a ‘fish bomb.’) The other five were alleged to have possessed a kind of arrow (panah wayar). As the case came to trial, a charge of treason was later added. There has been speculation that the arrests were designed to frustrate the peaceful activities that KNPB members in Timika had been organising at the time. There are also reports that at least some of the men were tortured.


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