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Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 14:59 WIB

French Journalists Face Trial in Wamena Court

Thomas Dandois with Head of Jayapura Imigration, Gardu Tampubolon (Jubi/Indrayadi)

Thomas Dandois with Head of Jayapura Imigration, Gardu Tampubolon (Jubi/Indrayadi)

Thomas Dandois with Head of Jayapura Imigration, Gardu Tampubolon (Jubi/Indrayadi)

Thomas Dandois with Head of Jayapura Imigration, Gardu Tampubolon (Jubi/Indrayadi)

Jayapura, Jubi – Two French journalists held in Jayapura is likely to stand trial in Wamena Court, the Head of Papua Prosecutor’s Office, Maruli Hutagalung said on Monday (6/10).

However, a date for the trial has not been set.

Hutagalung said his office has received all the dossiers on the journalists from the Jayapura Immigration Office and will  forward them to Wamena Prosecutor’s Office after examining them.

The head of the Jayapura Immigration Office, Gardu Tampubolon, said his office has submitted the dossiers and the Wamena Prosecutor’s Office will decide on a trial date.
“We have submitted the documents for the first phase to the prosecutor’s office. Everything has been completed. They will examine its merit,” said Tampubolon.

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He said the prosecutor’s office has seven working days to determine a trial date for Dandois and Bourrat. “We expect it could be decided by next week,” he added.

Papua Police arrested both journalists on 11 August, accusing them of violating Article 122 of the Immigration Law 2011 about the misuse of legal entry documents. The police seized their audio and video equipment  along with the laptops and mobile phones. (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)

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