Paniai Investigation Just to Please Jokowi

Evacuate the bodies of Simon Degei - youtube

Evacuate the bodies of Simon Degei – youtube

Jayapura, Jubi – A government team will go to Enarotali, Paniai to investigate the shootings that killed four students there at the end of 2014.

However, the chairman of Special Committee of Papua Legislative Council on human rights Laurenzus Kadepa said the team, consisting of officials from the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security as well as the police was only established to please President Jokowi, who has ordered the Papua Police to immediately report progress in the case.

“The team will look for the data again, and want to socialize but oddly, this team do not involve National Commission on Human Rights and the Witness Protection Agency (Agency) so that the results are more independent. I assume it is merely to carrying out orders and pleasing President Jokowi, “Kadepa said this week.

According to him, he heard that there is an element of coercion that will be done to the affected families, victims, chiefs and other stakeholders in Paniai.
“This is in order to realize their desire to dig the bodies of victims of the shooting for autopsy. TNI / Polri, do not force the victim to fulfill his wish. I do not judge their seriousness to solve the problem. The investigation will be merely a symbol,” he said.


Paniai shooting case that killed four high school students and injuring dozens of civilians occurred on December 8, 2014 . Yet until now the perpetrators behind the action had not yet been revealed. Some parties have formed a team and conduct an investigation, but the result is still zero.

Some time ago, Papua police chief, Inspector General (Pol) Yotje Mende said he phoned President Jokowi and ordered the Papua Police re-open the case and immediately report Paniai development. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)

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