Papua's chief of the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Abner Banosro - Jubi

Papua Justice Department Awaits Jakarta Move on 13 Escapees

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Papua's chief of the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Abner Banosro - Jubi
Papua’s chief of the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Abner Banosro – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua’s chief of the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Abner Banosro, said he has taken concrete measures to deal with the recent escape of 13 prisoners from Abepura Prison.

“We established a team of investigators, and they would take the consequences because all decisions are on the hand of our inspectorate general in Jakarta,” he told Jubi on Tuesday (26/1/2016).

As many as 30 prison officers have been questioned, including Abepura Department of Correction Chief, Prison Security Unit Chief and his staffs, Security and Public Order Unit and the guards. “Our institution is under vertical structure and whatever decisions were taken, it’s all decided in Jakarta,” he said.

He admitted the lack of personnel in Abepura Prison, which is a group of guards only consisting of five people. Normally a team should consist of seven guards. “This problem is not just happening now, but when it was happened, people turned on us and it is classic thing. If Abepura Prison has a team of five guards, Timika only has a team of two,” he said.

Responding the Papua Police Chief’s statement to increase the number of prison guards by deploying the pre-retirement police personnel, Banosro said it is a good idea. But up to now there is no police personnel appointed to Abepura Prison.

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“Concerning to retirement period, certainly not for a year but five years so that the officers could obtain their pension benefit when they were retired,” he said.

As cited from Antara News, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw admitted two of 13 escaped prisoners, Feli Tabuni and Lapis Wandik, were arrested at two separated locations. Feli Tabuni was arrested at around Pasar Lama Sentani on Monday early morning on 18 January at around 00:30 Papua time. He was arrested when trying to escape riding the motorcycle but crashed other motorcycle before get arrested by the Police. Meanwhile Lapis Wandik was arrested at Doyo on Monday dawn at around 03:10 Papua time. (Sindung Sukoco/rom)

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