Commission I Seeks Antonius Wamang’s Return to Papua

Filep Karma (right) and Antonius Wamang (left) - Jubi
Filep Karma (right) and Antonius Wamang (left) – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Representative Council is trying to accommodate a request by Antonius Wamang, convicted for the Mimika shooting in 2002, to move him from Cipinang Prison in Jakarta to Abepura Prison in Jayapura.

The member of Comission I, Tan Wie Long, said the family visited the Commission I for Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs on Tuesday around 11:00 Papua time to convey their request to move Wamang to Papua.

“We will attempt to help Wamang’s family to remove the prisoner to Papua. We will submit this request to the Chairman of Legislative Council to issue an official letter to relevant parties, such as the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Correction Department,” said Tan after meeting with Wamang’s family representative this week.

However, he said, certainly there are conditions that must be fulfilled related to the request, such as administrative conditions and so on. His family have obligation to fulfill it. Additionally, the family must submit an official letter to the relevant parties; including the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Correction Department. “We hope their request could be fulfilled, furthermore Antonius is currently getting old and distance from his family. We see this case from the humanitarian perspective. It could be a reference for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Correction Department as well as other relevant parties to allow Antonius to complete his sentences in Papua,” he said.

Other legislator from Mimika electoral region, Wilhelmus Pigai said the Commission I would struggle for pardon or reduction of sentence against Wamang. One of the reasons is during the nine years sentences at Cipinang Prison, he is always good behaved.

“We have submitted the public investigation document to the Cipinang Prison and Ministry of Law and Human Rights. We hope it will get a response immediately. Wamang is an Indonesian citizen who has the same rights as other Indonesian citizens, including to get a pardon,” said Pigai sometimes ago.

On 21 August 2002, there was an attack on the convoy of the vehicles of Freeport’s employees. The Police stated the perpetrator used the type M-166, SSI and Mauser weapons. This attack murdered two American citizens, Ricky Lynn Spier (44 years old) and Leon Edwin Burgon (71 years old) and an Indonesian citizen Bambang Riwanto.

In July 2004, the Indonesian Police stated Antonius Wamang as the perpetrator. They claimed Wamang as one of commanders of West Papua Natioal Army/Free Papua Movement under the lead of the late Kelly Kwalik. Wamang and several others was arrested at Amole Hotel II, Kwamki Lama, MImika on Wednesday (11/1/2006) around 23:05 Papua time.

At the tribune held in the Jakarta State Court on 13 October 2006, Wamang and his six friends were convicted guilty. The Judge accused his act was categorized as severe human right violation. In addition, the Judge also considered him to complicate the tribunal process and never regretted his act.

The Court sentenced him with life imprisonment, and his two friends, Yulianus Deikme and Agustinus Anggaibak was charged with 15 years in prison. While

Yairus Kiwak, the Rev. Ishak Onawame, Esau Onawame and Hardi Sugumol was charged for eight years sentences. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)