Frengky Nauw

Date of Birth16/07/1989
Date of Arrest26/11/2019
Case DetailsThe authorities accuse Mr Nauw of treason on the basis of flying Morning Star flags and/or having organised a protest
Sentence10 months
Concerns Arbitrary detention, No arrest warrent
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Mr Nauw is a farmer and West Papuan independence activist. At the time of his arrest, he and ten other individuals were in the process of informing locals about plans to protest at the Sorong Mayor’s Office the following day. The planned protest was to commemorate the proclamation of independence of the West Papua New Guinea Republic.

He was arrested by Sorong Police Resort without a warrant.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Nauw was travelling in a pick-up truck with his ten companions. The group was carrying a hat and T-shirt bearing the Morning Star symbol, in addition to a banner. During the arrest, the police confiscated the group’s banner, in addition to the pickup-truck.

Fengky Nauw was arrested along with Daniel Jitmau, Joshua Kingho, Lukas Nauw, Lukas Smas, Melfin Werfete, Paulus Syama, Silvester Nauw, Simon Aifat, Wilson Kofias and Yanpiter Yewen. They were arrested by the police in Sorong on 26 November 2019 for allegedly preparing to participate in the 1st of December Morning Star Flag Raising ceremony. They were subsequently charged and detained for treason. All are currently in prison, waiting for their trial process to begin. were sentenced to 10 months in prison for conspiracy to commit crimes agains the state under Article 110 of the Criminal Code and has since been released.