Jayapura, 24/3 (Jubi) – Two people arrested on suspicions of treason rejected arguments presented by the Papua Regional Police during a pre-trial hearing at the Jayapura High Court on Monday (24/3).
Lawyers for the two accused men, identified as EW and SF, demanded the court to order the release of their clients because they were unlawfully arrested.
“When police came to EW’s house, they should have shown an arrest warrant that would give legal certainty for the defendant,” EW’s defense attorney Ivonia Tetjuari said in a written submission.
She rejected the statement by the police that EW was caught “red-handed,” saying that at the time of the arrest, EW and his son just got home after eating out and was not engaging in an criminal conspiracy to commit treason.
“So, the respondent (Papua Police) must implement the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code, Article 18, paragraph 2 and don’t enforce the law wrongly ,” she explained.
She said the arrest warrant was issued after the date of the arrest, rendering the arrest unlawful.
Police committed eight basic procedural violations in the arrest process.
Olga Hamadi, who represent SF, also made similar arguments.
A lawyer for he Papua police, Jacub Jamco, said they would respond in writing in the next hearing on Tuesday (25/3). (Albert / Jubi/ Tina)