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Wamena Prosecutor’s Office Charges Five in Corruption Cases

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Wamena, Jubi – The Wamena Prosecutor’s Office charged five people with corruption in Yahukimo and Yalimo regencies on Monday (3/11).

Three suspects –  the head of Yalimo General Affairs Office, Yusuf Tandipare, a contractor Amos Huby, a legal officer Samuel R Patabang, and a consultant Iwan Turangan – are accused of corruption involving a project to build a Micro Hydro Power Generator (PLTMH) in 2011.

Treasurer Obednego Palangan is a suspect over fraud related to vehicle and house rents for the head of the Yahukimo Religious Affairs Office.  The head of the Yahukimo Religious Affairs Office was arrested four months ago.

Chief prosecutor Dian Frits Nalle told reporters that the detention would speed up their trial and prevent them from destroying evidence. “I hope we could take these cases immediately to the court. The suspects were charged under the Law of Corruption Crime which is punishable by a maximum 20 years in prison,” she said.

She said there was a possibility for arresting other suspects related to these cases.

The five were named suspects two months ago. “They were just arrested now because we need evidence to support the indictment,” she said.

Related to Yalimo case, six witnesses have been questioned, but according to her, they don’t need many witnesses if they have enough evidences such as letters or other supporting documents. “So far, the Prosecutor have seized some documents related to agreement and working documents, but we might be seized another evidence soon,” she revealed.

Further related to Yahukimo case, Nalle said the Prosecutor Office would immediately take the case to the court. “Because today we have detained the treasurer and previously we have arrested the Head of the Yahukimo Religious Affairs Office,” she said.

Meanwhile, the lawyer in the PLTMH Yalimo case, Sihar Tobing told reporters he was disappointed with his clients’ detention. Because during the process of investigation, his clients were cooperatives and they might not escape or destroy the evidences.
“I object this detention, because no official summon to my clients. Therefore I will propose the suspension of their detention or a city arrest,” said Tobing. (Islami/rom)

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Fish aggregating devices damages Papua’s marine ecosystem

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Illustration of a beach in Papua. – Jubi/Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – John Gobay, a member of Papua House of Representatives from Meepago customary area, said fish aggregating devices (FADs) are possibly damaging the marine ecosystem in Papua.

These FADs neglect the local wisdom of indigenous Papua,” Gobai told Jubi on Monday (4/6/2018). Therefore, he proposes regulation and agreement on the prohibition of FADs in the Papua’s coastal areas.

“Moreover, the tools used by non-Papuan fishermen who give a monthly payment to someone rather than paying a contribution to indigenous tribes as well as to the customary landowner,” he explained.

It often raises a conflict between the local and migrant fishermen, like what happened in Pomako, Mimika, on 1 August 2017. “Consequently, indigenous fishermen often exclude from the fishing spaces that are already occupied by non-Papuan fishermen,” he said.

A Papua fisherman Musye Weror appreciates Gobai’s idea to seek an establishment of the regulation for native fishermen. “We’ve been having a lot of drawbacks over the years because we still use the traditional fishing tools,” said Weror. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Abusers against Jubi journalists will be prosecuted

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Meeting of Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar and Jubi editorial team, Abeth and the representatives of the Alliance of Independent Journalists of Jayapura City – Jubi / Yuliana Lantipo

Jayapura, Jubi – Two police officers of Nabire Police, who mistreated Jubi journalist Abraham Amoye You while covering the candidate debate of Deiyai election in Nabire on Saturday, 5 May 2018, will be prosecuted.

“These officers will be taken into the legal process relating to the act of law violation, whether it is related to the code of ethics or crime. So we put the legal aspect on the top in order to solve this dispute,” said Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 in Entrop, Jayapura.

On behalf of the Police institution in Papua, he apologises for the acts committed by his personnel against Abeth You. He also admitted that many officers still do not understand the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in doing their tasks. Therefore he will improve it, in particular about how to act to the crowd in terms of public security.

“We will give more understanding (to them)…in particular, the comprehension of SOP when handling the masses because there are usually five or ten, two hundred or even a thousand of people join in the crowd,” he said. In addition, he said, the SOP of mass security already exists, such as how to handle the big crowd, how to cope with the dispute in location. So the police officer should understand this existed SOP,” he said.

A one-minute-duration video that becomes viral in social media captured an officer hit a man who later identified as a graduate IPDN Mando Mote have proved that Provost Suryanto as a perpetrator.

Suryanto is known as Provost Unit Chief of Nabire Police. When he recognised that the journalist Abeth You recorded his act through a smartphone camera, he approached him and tried to seize his smartphone, but Abeth can take it back.

For this incident, Papua Police Chief explained that the police currently conduct an investigation over two officers in Jayapura. “But the trial seems to conduct in the city where the incident occurred. As it happened in Nabire and the Prosecutor Office and the High Court already exist in Nabire, the trial seems must be conducted in Nabire,” said the chief.

Meanwhile, Director of Jubi Victor Mambor said the perpetrators of violence could be subject to the criminal act against the law as contained in the Article 18 paragraph 1 of the Law of the Press No. 40, 1999.

Mambor, who is also a certified press expert, stated the article declares that anyone who intentionally commits an action which inhibits or hinders the implementation of the provisions of the Article 4 paragraphs (2) and (3) could be sentenced of a maximum of two years prison or a maximum fine of Rp 500 million.

“If the police want to continue this case to legal action, it should adopt the Press Law as a reference, because it is very obvious to see that the perpetrators deliberately obstructed and impeded the rights of journalist to get and disseminate ideas and information as Abeth did,” said Mambor. (*)

 

Reporter: Yuliana Lantipo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Refuse dialogue, ULMWP said Acting Governor does not understand Papua

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Benny Wenda – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) firmly refused the offer from the Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo for a dialogue.

“It is the acting governor (Papua) and the Government of Indonesia that disturb the stability of the Papua’s nation. Papuans never asked Indonesia and its military to come to Papua. Indonesia is not aware of the fact it has deprived over the land of Papua and its people,” said Benny Wenda to rebutting the acting governor’s claim that the ULMWP is a group who is responsible to the disturb of political, economic and security stability in Papua.

Wenda confirmed by telephone on Friday (Oxford, Saturday, 5/5/2018) said dialogue is not the goal of ULMWP. The acting governor instead can have the dialogue with church leaders, Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP), Papuan House of Representatives (DPRP) or Non-Governmental Organizations. “He can talk with the Church, MRP, DPRP and NGOs to address the problems that occurred in Papua. ULMWP is fighting for the referendum for the people of Papua. That’s our goal,” he said.

Wenda furthermore said what Papuans asked from Indonesia is not development but political liberation. “The acting governor does not understand the root of the Papuan problem; it is ashamed,” said Wenda.

The Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo earlier claimed to be ready for opening a dialogue with the ULMWP and the West Papua National Committee as well as other groups who keep voicing the struggle for the independence of Papua. “As the acting governor, I am ready for dialogue, but it should do on the basis of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, and how we build Papua in the future,” Soedarmo said in a press release. Moreover, he said the dialogue should not be formal.

“That’s the way I appreciate. I am ready for a dialogue in the cafe, no need to do it at the office,” he added. (*)

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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