Obby Kogoya Challenges Yogyakarta Police’s Move to Name Him Suspect

Obby Kogoya, Papuan student who arrested by Indonesia Police during the incident of Papua Student Dormitory - Supplied
Obby Kogoya, Papuan student who arrested by Indonesia Police during the incident of Papua Student Dormitory – Supplied

Jayapura, Jubi – Obby Kogoya, Papuan student who was a alleged victim of police violence, has filed a pretrial motion against the Police’s decision to name him a suspect.

The Police arrested Kogoya following racist violence and the siege against Papuan students at Dormitory Kamasan I Yogyakarta by the Police and some civil organizations.

According to a press release by LBH Yogyakarta received by Jubi on Tuesday (9/8/2016), Obby and 8 Papuan students were taken to the Yogyakarta Police Headquarters without clear charges. His arrest was seen as an act to silent dissent.

Six among them were arrested while returning to the dormitory after buying cassava from the local market.

“The were accused of bringing sharp weapons. The accusations have never been proven because they only brought 34 kilograms of cassavas to be cooked for lunch,” stated LBH.

The rest of two including Obby were arrested and beaten while come to join his friends at the dormitory. Obby, as reported merdeka.com (16/7) was named suspect because allegedly bring an arrow.

However, LBH stated, during the process of legal assistance at the Police, cassavas are the only proofs. Therefore, Emanuel Gobay, Obby’s lawyer said Obby was named suspect without any evidence. “Determination of the suspect Obby was not in accordance of the legal process of crime, there is no evidence against him, the investigators also never showed anyone who become witnesses, as well as there is no other evidence to point him as the suspect.”

Obby is subjected to Article 212 jo. 213 Criminal Code Sub paragraph 351, which essentially he was accused to fight the officers by doing violence or mistreatment. In fact, through the video, photographs and other descriptions indicated he was the victim of violence or beaten by the security officers, stated LBH Yogyakarta.

As reported Tempo.co on Tuesday (9/8/2016), spokesperson of Sleman District Court, Ayun Kristiyanto said the court has received the letter and proposal of pretrial. The Chief of Court would assign a judge to lead the pretrial. “The trial would take seven days counted since the applicant and defendant attend to the trial. If only one party come, it has not counted yet,” he said.

Director of General Crime Investigation of Yogyakarta Police, Senior Commissionaire Hudit Wahyudi said the named of suspect is through a process of correct interrogation and investigation procedures. But he let the pretrial. “We are ready to face the lawsuit,” he said. (*/rom)