Jayapura, Jubi – A human rights activists from Meepago customary area, Yones Douw, said anyone could conduct autopsies on the bodies of four students who were shot dead during a protest on the Karel Gobay Square, Enarotali on 8 December 2016.
“Anyone could do an autopsy but what we want the Indonesian Police Headquarters, Indonesian Military Headquarters and National Human Rights Commission to do is to immediately announce the results of their investigation,” Douw told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (11/10/2016).
He said the public, in particular the victims’ families in Paniai, were demanding clarity on the investigation.
“Clearly we refuse the autopsy before the announcement over the investigation result,” he said.
He was referring to two letters from the National Human Rights Committee to the Indonesian Police and Military concerning the investigation, signed by the committee’s chairman M. Imdadun Rahmat signed on 19 September 2016.
Separately, the Paniai Regional Customary Council Chief John NR. Gobya asserted the autopsy was not necessary to do immediately. “Do a trial, bring the witnesses and evidences first,” he said.
“The investigation process has not done yet, but already asked for the autopsy. I suspect it is a part of agenda of one of the institutions,” he said. Furthermore, said Gobay, besides those who passed away, some of the victims of the Paniai case are still alive until now.
“There is a projectile found from the victim who was hospitalized in the Paniai Public Hospital. The doctor there has given it to the Indonesian Police’s lab team. The Indonesian Police please tell us the owner is. Don’t keep silent,” said the man who also the second secretary of Papua Customary Council. (*/rom)
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