Gustaf Kawer said: ‘The tight security round the courthouse is a violation of the basic principles of court practice. This is a public trial which means that anyone can come and attend it. Excessive security while the trial is in progress is very unprofessional,’ said Kawer.
Buchtar Tabuni is charged with having caused damage to the Abepura Prison on 3 December. The trial hearing was suspended and the trial will resume on 13 September, because witnesses did not turn up for the hearing as a result of which the lawyers promised that they would produce the witnesses, said Matius Murib.
The hearing on 13 September will be the last occasion for the witnesses to appear. The deputy director of the prison is adequate and will not be summoned again after having be summoned to appear three times.
Kawer said that the proceedings were not conducted professionally; the witnesses should have appeared at the appointed time but that did not happen. Furthermore, he said, the judge should behave independently in the way he chairs the court and should not take sides either with the state or the victim..
At today’s hearing of the Buchtar Tabuni trial, there were forty people from Dalmas and the Jayapura police command, who were fully backed up by personnel from the Abepura police command, who were headed by the head of the Jayapura police command, Kiki Kurnia.
[Translated by TAPOL]