Papuan political prisoner sentenced to 10 months

Yanto Awerkion in prison. – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura, Jubi – Mimika State Court passed a verdict of 10 months in prison for Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion on Monday (12/3/2018).

Awerkion detained in May 2017 when he was doing a worship service with a number of activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in fundraising event by KNPB Bomberai region in Timika. His detention has extended in September 2017, including 20 days in Mimika Police’s prison from 25 September to 14 October 2017.

During his trial, 27 years old Awerkion was detained for nearly eight months without any charges. He came to the first trial that was scheduled for 9 January 2018 but then cancelled due to the absence of the judge.

“Arwekion was charged for incitement and sentenced to 10 months. He initially was accused of treason for leading the worship in his secretariat,” said Veronica Koman, a human right activist on Friday, (16/3/2018).

He was previously detained in Mimika in July 2016 when distributing pamphlets to support the ULMWP as the full member of the MSG conducted in Honiara. (*)


Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier