Police Say Residents Refuse to Give Statements on Paniai Case


Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – Police investigators encountered difficulties in questioning witnesses related to the shooting incident at Enarotali, Paniai Regency, which killed four civilians on 8 December 2014.

The Papua Police Spokesperson Commissionaire Senior Patrige Renwarin on Monday (2/3/2015) said the investigators are still struggling to resolve the case because residents rejected to testify.
“Witnesses didn’t respond to the police’s summons to testify. Thus it’s difficult for us to uncover the case,” Renwarin said.

The investigation team led by the Papua Police Crime and Investigation Director, Commissionaire Senior Dwiriyanto has not questioned any witnesses yet during their mission in Enarotali, the capital of Paniai Regency. None of civilian witnesses responded the police’s summon including the victims who’ve been tortured on 7 December 2014 at around 21:00 Papua time. “The team has approached the local customary leader but it was still not working,” a police told.

The Enarotali case was triggered by traffic clash when a motorcyclist crossed the street in front of Christmas hut without turning on the light on 7 December 2014 at around 19:00 Papua time. The boys in hut got angry and yelled at the motorcyclist and he was upset. Yet he brought his friends to the hut and beat the boys. The next day, on 8 December 2014, hundreds of residents attacked the military station until the shout of fire.

Shortly after the shots, four people were reportedly killed by bullet. Their bodies were later buried around of East Paniai Regional Military Command office area but their families refused the autopsy (*/rom)


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