Autopsy Not the Right Way to Uncover Paniai Case

Victorm of shooting case in Paniai on 8 December 2014 - Jubi
Victorm of shooting case in Paniai on 8 December 2014 – Jubi

Yogyakarta, Jubi – “An autopsy is not the right way to discover the perpetrators. I think an autopsy is deliberately being used for digging graves and moved the bodies to other locations from the public place at Karel Gobay Arena,” Papuan Councilor Laurenzus Kadepa told to Jubi on Tuesday (15/09/2015).

He said so in responding the statement by Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire Natalius Pigai that said the settlement of shooting case which killed four high school students at Enarotali and wounded dozens of civilian on 8 December 2014 was waited the autopsy result.

According to him, the evidences are already clear and complete. The bullet flakes were founded in the victims’ bodies, there are witnesses from the victims’ side, the survivors, and witnesses from the military. It’s up to the State to reveal the perpetrators of this incident
“The evidences and witnesses as well as survivors are sufficient to direct a conclusion on the perpetrator. I suspect this case of incident would never been revealed as expected by the victims’ family. I said this based on the previous experiences, such as the kidnapped and murder case of Theys, in which the perpetrators only got the light punishment and now Jokowi give him a strategic position. Also another cases in the past that have less attention from the government. For me, experience is a good teacher,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Paniai Regional Customary Chief, John Gobay, added the Indonesian Human Right Commission seems following the demand of Military/Police that already formed a joint investigation team under the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs.
“This team was deliberately set for concealing or even attempting to dismiss the Ad Hoc team of Indonesian Human Right Commission. The fact is the Ad Hoc team has never been invited in the meeting. They (residents – victims) also never saw their Decree. So the Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire must maintain their independence for not being affected,” said Gobay from Nabire.

Related to autopsy, he said it should be done after approval from the victims’ family. “It should be done in the process of investigation by ad hoc team that must also involved the independent party to ensure the result. The projectiles founded in the bodies of Yulianus Tobai, Andresas Dogopia, and Yahya Gobay were already taken at Paniai Hospital and transferred by Indonesian Police to the ad hoc team. So what is it for? Do not limit the case on the four death victims. For those who survive, are they not the victims of severe human right violation?” he said.

He further said, “I think without digging their graves, this case has already categorized in severe human right violation case. Until now, the survivors and the victims’ family are still disappoint and hope that the Indonesian Human Right Commission could accelerate their work,” he said.

Earlier, the Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire Natalius Pigai said the settlement of shooting case in Paniai on 8 December 2014 is still waiting the result of autopsy over the victims’ bodies. “Paniai case is part of the task of Central Government, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Indonesian Police Headquarters, Indonesian Military Headquarters and Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire. The Paniai case only relies to autopsy. This is important because we cannot accuse people randomly. The accuracy of autopsy rate is 80%,” Natalius Pigai said after meeting with Papua Police Chief on last week in Jayapura. (Arnold Belau/rom)