February 13, 2015
by West Papua Media
(Updated for correct date)
Early reports have been received from West Papua Media sources of police killing on Yapen Island on Wednesday, February 11..
Police officers on patrol in Yapen, approaching the village of Saubeba, have shot dead a civilian named Faris RUMANGGITO (FR), approximately 40 years of age. FR was shot dead by police in unknown circumstances by Indonesian BRIMOB officers at 5:47AM near the KM 5 junction of the Ambaidiru – Saubeba road.
The bodies have now been brought to the village Kontiunai, in Angkaisera District, Yapen.
A farmer, Rumanggito is from the village Yobi, but he lived in the village Kontiunai. According to local officials questioned by a WPM stringer, Yobi may have been shot by police “because they were looking for Michael Merani,” the local West Papua Revolutionary Army guerrilla commander.
More information as it becomes available.