Sinar Harapan - June 15, 2012
Penembak Misterius Sudah Tewaskan 9 Orang - Sinar Harapan. Jumat, 15 Juni 2012
Yuliana Lantipo, Jakarta -- Humanitarian Solidarity for Papua (Skup) is
urging the central government to form an independent fact finding team
to conduct a fast and effective investigation to uncover the truth and
who is behind the recent violence in West Papua.
Since June at least nine people have been killed and five wounded as a
result of mysterious shootings. This was conveyed by Skup action
coordinator Alves Fonataba shortly after the group held a demonstration
in front of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday June
According to Skup's records, aside from those committed by the military
and police, shootings have also been carried out by unknown persons
(orang tidak kenal, OTK). "According to our records, OTK have carried
out shootings on 18 occasions that have killed nine civilians and
wounded 25 people over the period between January and June 2012", said
This includes the shooting of Tri Sasono, from Ngawi in East Java, who
worked as a security officer at the Saga Abe Supermarket. The victim was
shot while riding a motorbike with the license plate DS3816AE on the
grounds of the Faculty of Education and Teacher Training in the area of
the Cenderawasih University in Abepura, Jayapura, on June 10. The other
victims were Golberth Febrian Madika, Arwam Kusdini, Iqbl Rivai and
Victims that have died as a result of military and police actions
include Yosias Tabuni who was shot by Jayapura police on Jl. Sam
Ratulangi Dok V Yapis Jayapura on June 7, Melianus Kegepe on May 15 and
Yesa Mirin on June 4. Scores of others have also been wounded.
Fonataba also protested a statement by Indonesian President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono that the violence in Papua was still on a small scale,
despite the many people that have fallen victim to the violence.
Women's activist Zely Ariane from the group Free Women (Perempuan
Mahardika) said the problem in Papua is the continued increase in troop
numbers. "The problem in Papua is a problem for all of the people of the
Republic of Indonesia", she said.
Cannot be allowed
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister
Djoko Suyanto said the police had shot an individual suspected of being
one of the leaders of those that perpetrated the recent spate of
violence in Papua. The police's actions triggered anger among his
colleagues who then set fire to a motorbike, car and three houses in
"During the arrest he attempted to resist because the person concerned
also tried to seize a weapon", said Suyanto in Jakarta on Thursday.
Police, said Suyanto, thus disabled him. Moreover the person was
carrying a revolver with 18 rounds.
Because they objected to their friend being arrested by police, a number
of people tried to attack and set fire to motor vehicles and houses.
According to Suyanto, the perpetrators were from the same group that
committed the acts of violence against a foreign national, members of
the TNI (Indonesian military), police, a state civil servant and a
security guard, which took place recently in different parts of Papua
and West Papua.
Earlier police arrested three people suspected of being the perpetrators
of several acts of violence. Police are seeking information about the
involvement of others from the four (sic). It was during this arrest
attempt that police were forced to cripple a person suspected of being
one of the perpetrators.
Suyanto denied that the state is intentionally allowing violence to
occur in Papua. The arrest of the alleged perpetrators, he said, proves
that the state is not remaining silent.
Police are currently looking into the perpetrator's motives. "This is
currently being looked into. Usually the police start from the criminal
act. Is there another motive, this cannot be conveyed to the public
until we know for sure", he said.
National police chief Timur Pradopo explained the incident involving the
shooting of Mako Tabuni at 9am local time. The arrest was made by a
joint team of officers from the national police headquarters and the
Papuan regional police. When conducting the raid there was a dialogue,
however two weapons belonging to members of the police were seized.
"Other members provided protection because [Tabuni] was threatening
[them] so he was disabled", he explained.
According to Pradopo, from the results of an investigation into the
spate of violent incidence between May 29 and June 10, the police have
obtained the name of a person with the initials M.T. When arrested it
was M.T. that tried to resist so he had to be disabled. (Vidi Batlolone)
[Translated by James Balowski.]