Jayapura, Jubi – General Chairman of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Agus Kossay filed a summons against Mimika Police Chief for invading the secretariat of KNPB in Timika.
“The police entered their secretariat without legal permission and refused to leave immediately when KNPB members requested them to do so. It’s against the law, in particular, the Criminal Code article 167 verse 1,” said Kossay’s attorney Veronica Koman who sit with her partner Gustaf Kawer from Papua Human Rights Lawyers Association (PAHAM) on Thursday (3/1/2019).
In the summons copy received by Jubi editorial office, it confirmed that KNPB also charged Mimika Regional Police for breaking the procedure regarding the detention of some KNPB activists for more than 24 hours. The activists Yanto Awerkion, Ruben Kogoya, Yohana Kobogau, Elius Wenda, Eman Dogopia, and Vincent Gobay have arrested at 8:30 am and just released by the police at around 16:00 pm the next day.
Their detention was a result of the raid and occupation of their secretariat in Timika by the police, which the police said it would become a post of the joint forces, the Indonesian National Army and Police.
In the summons, KNPB also asked the Police for apologies regarding the invasion of their secretariat and to the local people who affected by their acts of violating the operational procedure, constitution and crime and civilian code of conduct during the occupation since 31 December 2018.
“If within three days, the authority does not leave the KNPB secretariat as requested, we’ll take legal action in accordance with the Indonesian laws and regulations,” said Koman. (*)
Reporter: Victor Mambor
Editor: Pipit Maizier