A spokesman for the Cenderawasih XVII military command also said that a member of the army is being interrogated intensively by POM. The matter must be handled through legal channels, he said. He said that the commander would ensure that the person responsible would be firmly dealt with.
The spokesman also said that the person who did the shooting was thought to be a member of Babinsa Koramil (low level military command personnel ) and one of those responsible has been identified as Praka BJ.
Head of public relations of the military command, I Gede Sumerta Jaja told the press that the case was still being investigated, while attention was at present concentrated on finding one of the victims.
One of the victims is at present being treated at Sorong Hospital but he is not yet fit enough to be asked to make a statement. ‘We must respect his rights and not try to force him to make a statement,’ he said.
The bodies of four of the victims were discovered in a state of decomposition on Wednesday, La Nuni, 55, La Jaka, 30, La Edi, 20 and La Diri, 20. A fifth victim , La Ful, 13 is still being sought by a TNI/Police unit. The bodies were under water for almost a week but officials were able to identify them when they were found.
Two other fisherman have also been found alive and are now being treated in hospital.
A representative of the military police met the families of the victims and members of South Sulawesi Families Association to continue with the process of identifying all the victims to finalise the process of identification and then moving them away from the area. The Association has called on the military command to make a statement, following information that indicated that the military and police were responsible for the shooting but the military have as yet failed to clarify the case. A spokesman of the Association said that they were still trying find other victims of the shooting.
Translated by TAPOL
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- West Papua Report December 2012 (westpapuamedia.info)
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December 29, 2012 | Categories: News alert, syndication | Tags: brutality, fishing, genocide, Human Rights and Liberties, Indonesian Army, Indonesian State Violence, military face saving, Military police, military tribunal, Orang Terlatih Khusus (OTK), overfishing, Raja Ampat Islands, resource conflict, Sorong, west papua, `mysterious' killing | 1 Comment »
(Comment: West Papua Media was the only media outlet that covered this is detail when the story was broken (with thanks to local human rights sources and Tapol), so we also thank Jakarta Globe for following this up with such a positive result. see http://westpapuamedia.info/2011/11/05/indon-commando-btn-755-brutalise-puncak-jaya-villagers/ It remains to be seen if these soldiers from Battalion 755 are charged and put on trial for human rights abuses and torture, and face accountability for their actions. Moreover, without the identification of command responsibility for who gave the orders for soldiers to extrajudicially abuse civilians on mere suspicion of separatism (freedom of expression) then these abuses will continue. Detention at a garrison is a long way from a judicial process).
by Banjir Ambarita | November 07, 2011
Seven soldiers stationed in Papua have been detained by military police on suspicion of abusing civilians there.
Col. Ibnu Tri Widodo, the head of district command (Korem) 172/PWY, said the seven soldiers were taken into custody after it was reported that they had beaten, kicked and humiliated 12 residents of Kurulu village in Papua’s Jayawijaya district.
“For what they [the soldiers] did, they are being detained at the military police in Wamena,” Ibnu said.
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) reported that the soldiers had stumbled across the civilians participating in a traditional tribal council on Wednesday, but that the soldiers mistook the meeting for a pro-separatist gathering.
The soldiers then allegedly beat, kicked and doused the 12 with water while also forcing them to crawl on all fours.
Following the allegations, all military troops assigned to Kurulu have been replaced.
Ibnu said on Monday that he would try to prevent similar incidents.
“We have to be better and prevent violence against the civilians.”
- Indon Commando Btn 755 brutalise Puncak Jaya villagers (westpapuamedia.info)
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- New Report Reveals Extent of Papua Human Rights Violations (westpapuamedia.info)
- JG: Low-Ranking Soldiers Indicted Over Torture, Killing in Papua’s Puncak Jaya (westpapuamedia.info)
November 8, 2011 | Categories: News alert, syndication | Tags: brutality, human rights, Human Rights and Liberties, Impunity, indonesia, Indonesian National Armed Forces, Indonesian State Violence, Jakarta Globe, Korem, Kostrad, Kurulu, Military police, Papua, TNI, torture, Wamena, west papua media alerts | 2 Comments »