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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 - 11:17 WIB

Central Government to Provide 2.6 Billion for Ex-Prisoners in Papua

Apotnalogilik Lakobal, one of five political prisoners who have been released while interviewed by Jubi - Victor Mambor

Apotnalogilik Lakobal, one of five political prisoners who have been released while interviewed by Jubi - Victor Mambor

Apotnalogilik Lakobal, one of five political prisoners who have been released while interviewed by Jubi - Victor Mambor

Apotnalogilik Lakobal, one of five political prisoners who have been released while interviewed by Jubi – Victor Mambor

Wamena, Jubi – The central government has prepared a budget of around 2.6 billion rupiah for former political prisoners in Papua, as a form of the government’s attention after getting freedom or a clemency from the President, a presidential aide, Lenis Kogoya , said Wamena on Tuesday (07/28/2015).

Kogoya said when President Joko Widodo gave clemency to five former political prisoner, the central government also provided a budget of Rp 2.6 billion for helping them.
“The budget we are using is to meet the requests of former political prisoners like a box car business, a house to build and capital. I think they are only a political victim. So, they have a right to live freely and a better life, ” Kogoya said.

He continued each Penitentiary in Papua recorded their names and then reported to President in order to determine who will be granted a clemency.

In his visit to Wamena, he also briefly visited the prison Klas II B Wamena and met with three political prisoners, Meky Elosak, Yusanur Wenda and Wiki Meage to talk about clemency.

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Meanwhile, in a number of media reported that the three political prisoners who are now in prison refused it. Yet he said there was no rejection or three of them agreed to get clemency.

“I met three political prisors and they aggreed to get freed. Only they questioned whysentence is 8 years. I have forbidden, let them think and do not think said Kogoya. (Islami/Tina)

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