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The security forces did not prevent Pius Kulua’s murder

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Jayapura, Jubi  – Jayapura City Police Resort (Polresta) is still looking for the perpetrators of Theresia Lampyompar (42) murder, whose body was found in front of the Waena steam power plant, on Friday (May 19). However, the police claimed to have information leading to it.

AKBP. Tober Sirait, Jayapura chief resort police confirmed that this case was different from other case relate to Uncen lecturer’s murder a day before. However the police will soon issue a Wanted List of People (DPO) relate to the lecturer murder.

Regarding the sweeping done around sawmill, Perumnas III Waena, Friday (May 19) afternoon in which has no relation with the two cases, the police said they were looking for one convicted murder and theft in Keerom that somehow seen at the sawmill.

Maikel Ilingtamol, a convicted person who was arrested and disabled by a firearm at his feet, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Abepura for violating Article 365 and article 338 of the Criminal Code.

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“But since October 23, 2016 he ran away. And then he is allegedly did another case with his friends. We received information from the community that he was in sawmill, Yabansai Outbound, that is why we immediately search. We want to catch him on the spot, but he refused and pulls out sharp weapons. That is why we paralyzed him and arrested his friends,” said the chief

The murder of Pius Kulua

Theresia’s dead body found in front of Waena steam power plant turned out to trigger anger of some community group to other tribe’s group of Papuan indigenous.

The angry community group then blockades the road in front of Dian Harapan Hospital, right in front of the funeral home, Friday (May 19) night. About two hundred people stood forming a crowd on the street and yelling at certain groups of people that accused as perpetrators of violence in the city of Jayapura and perpetrators of Theresia’s murder.

As the group was shouting out their anger, two indigenous Papuans who ride motorcycles tried to pass the street. Both of them broke through police who were around the crowd. It was then they were surrounded by several people and immediately beaten and stabbed.

“One immediately fell off from the motorcycle. He was constantly beaten, while other is still safe. They were beaten right in front of a shop across the Hospital (Dian Harapan),”said an eyewitness who saw the beatings and stabbings.

This witness claimed to stand around the motor workshop not far from the location. He was amazed that the police on the scene seemed unmoved. In fact, police who have seen the masses carrying sharp weapons did not do anything to disarm them. There were no warning shots or attempts to disperse the masses, even when both victims were persecuted and stabbed by the masses.

The two victims were brothers from Puncak regency. The younger, Yuvenus Kulua was saved, while his older brother, Pius Kulua died on the spot. The siblings are known to live in the neighborhood across the Kamwolker creek (where the police conducted sweeping earlier in the afternoon).

The Chief of Jayapura resort police, Tober Sirait explained the stabbing took place right in front of the funeral home, as a large family mourner was performing worship and consolation. According to him, the two victims passed by a motorcycle in front of the funeral home. “The police tried to stop but it was ignored, that’s when the family grieves spontaneously out and do persecution, and caused Pius Kulua death,” he said.

The perpetrators of Pius’ murder said Tober had been put on hold by the police and would soon be assigned as suspect.

“We have secured 41 people who perpetrated the persecution against Pius. All of them we questioned, their strong allegations are perpetrators of this persecution,” explained Kapolres.

Denius kulua, a member of the Papuan Legislative Assembly and a close relative of the late Pius Kulua said he handed over the handling of the perpetrators to the Jayapura Police.

“I support process by the Police. And the people of Puncak and Papuans in general are not allowed to make any additional movements,” explained Kulua.(*)

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Before the verdict, someone offers a wife of a Papuan political prisoner millions of cash

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Makassar, Jubi – A new fact outside the trial of the seven Papuan political prisoners has revealed.

Anike Mohi, a wife of Agus Kossay who is currently serving a sentence with other 6 Papuan political prisoners in Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur, said a man offered her millions of cash before the judge read the decision over the defendants on 17 June 2020. The man was allegedly a member of the police intelligence from Papua.

Mohi gave her statement in an online press conference held on Wednesday (1/7/2020) with the Legal Advisor Team of the seven political prisoners. “During the trial of Buchtar Tabuni in the Balikpapan District Court, my friend and I came to the court to observe the hearing. An intelligent agent from Papua Police approached and offered us Rp 10 millions of cash,” said Anike Mohi.

Mohi said she firmly refused that offer and told the officer that the dignity and lives of Papuans could not exchange for money. She further told the officer that there would not be a problem at all if her husband and his two colleagues Buchtar Tabuni and Steven Itlay go to jail, as long as the four students Alexander Gobay, Irwanus Uropmabin, Hengki Hilapok and Feri Kombo were released of charges.

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“It seems that the officer entrusted the money to a police intelligence officer here (Kalimantan Timur) because the latter always called me asking when I will pick up the money, and I keep telling them I will not. Then, I blocked his telephone number,” she said.

In the press conference, the representative of Legal Advisor Team Fathul Huda confirmed the cash offer to the defendants’ families. “I accepted information from the wives of Buchtar Tabuni and Agus Kossay that someone offered them cash,” said Huda.

According to him, those who offered cash to his clients’ wives kept saying if the family accepted this offer, it would help to reduce the sentence of the seven political prisoners. Also, the same persons always contact and send a text message to Fathul Huda, but he never gave them a response. Therefore, these men stalk him and take his pictures many times.

“However, the fact is the verdict [against the seven political prisoners] was reduced [from the proposed impeachment by the public prosecutor]. It indicates that they are not important people. They were not able to influence the judge’s mind, and what they did is misconduct,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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The marketing strategy of Papuan woman traders to survive amid the pandemic

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Papua, Jubi – The COVID-19 outbreak has emerged a new dilemma for everybody. On the one hand, they should restrict their activities, but on the other hand, they have to work to get income for their families.

A consumer Delia Mallo said she is very concerned about Papuan women traders at Pharaa traditional market in Sentani, Jayapura Regency during the pandemic.

“It’s so sad to see them should go home early while not many people could come to buy their commodities,” Mallo said when shopping in Pharaa Market on Thursday (25/6/2020).

The restriction during the pandemic made the traders go home earlier than usual, and people’s concern about the coronavirus transmission has increasingly impacted on the traders’ income.

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“Since the emergence of COVID-19, I am worried (to stay longer in the market). After buying fish, I immediately go home,” said Mallo.

Because they have to go home early, traders reduce the price of their commodities to prevent substantial loss because of rot.

Tilapia fish, for example, is priced at half of its regular price. The fish harvested from Lake Sentani is usually sold for Rp 80 to 100 thousand per pile, but now sold for only Rp 40 to 50 thousand per pile. Each pile can weigh more than 1 kilogram.

“To be sold, so we just let it go at a low price. The important thing is we can still get money for trading tomorrow,” said Anace Suebu.

Mrs Suebu displayed her fish on a 2 x 3 meters table at the Pharaa Market, and her income has significantly decreased since the COVID-19 pandemic. “I could usually take Rp 1 million a day before the pandemic, but now it’s crushed,” she said.

As a result, she also needs to restrict her purchase. She could no longer be able to buy fish at large quantities. Her income has significantly declined, while she still has to continue spending money for daily needs.

“I told my customers to be patient. I cannot buy fish at large quantities because I don’t have sufficient money,” said the mother of four.

New Dilemma 

The new dilemma that emerged due to the COVID-19 is not only happening to Suebu but also hundreds or even thousands of Papuan woman traders. Their economy has suffered due to the pandemic.

“I used to bake (sell) twenty pieces of bread, but it’s only 15 now for Rp 15 thousand per piece,” said Karolina Fonataba who usually sells bread in the Pharaa Market.

During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fonataba, a woman of Biak Numfor, had moved her business to the former Doyo Baru Market. She did it to cope with the restriction rule applied in Jayapura Regency. Because she lives near the market, she can adjust her trading time. Also, she adds another commodity to sell, namely sago, which she sold for Rp 10 to 20 thousand per piece.

“Relying on the income from selling bread is not enough (for daily needs).”

However, she could not stay longer in the new location and decided to return to the Pharaa Market by selling the same commodities, bread and sago.

“In the former Doyo Baru Market, there were even fewer consumers. It was only 5-10 pieces of bread sold (every day),” told this sixty-five years old woman.

Although she has added the items of her commodities and returned to the Pharaa Market, her income is still far lower than in the usual time. “I could get Rp 150-200 thousand in the past, but now it declines to Rp 50-100 thousand, while a sack of sago usually sold out in three days, but now it takes a week.”

To survive during the pandemic, Fonataba has attempted various ways. “I also deliver (sell) the bread from door to door. The customers can pay whenever they can.”

In the meantime, Mariche also applied a similar strategy of survival during the COVID-19 pandemic. She sells betel nuts at the former Doyo Baru Market. “Although people say the COVID-19 is dangerous, I keep selling. If not, we cannot eat.”

However, Mariche, a woman from Demta, has to deal with her stock purchase to avoid loss. “I used to buy 2-3 sacks, but now it’s reduced. I run out of money, while fewer customers come to buy.”(*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Illegal gold mining in Jayapura has been happening since 2001

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Police arrested 17 people related to illegal mining in Buper, Waena, Jayapura City. – Jubi/Courtesy

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Municipal Police arrested 17 people who allegedly were involved in illegal gold mining in Bumi Perkemahan (Buper) Waena, Jayapura City on Friday, 26 June 2020.

“These seventeen people are operators of heavy equipment and worker coordinators. There are about 70 people involved in this business,” Jayapura Municipal Police Chief Gustav Urbinas told reporters on Friday (26/6/2020).

In their operation, the Police also seized two units of construction equipment, six excavators, liquid mercury and eleven jerrycans of diesel fuel.

Police Chief Urbinas said he received a report on this illegal activity two months ago, but at that time he could not arrest those who were involved because they escaped the mining site.

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Illegal miners have carried out their activity in Buper, Waena, since 2001 because this sector was promising to generate income.

Four years ago, a gold miner Frans told suara.com about his experience regarding this illegal activity. He said people only need simple equipment such as a hoe, pan, and sifter for doing this activity. He further explained that all panning processes were traditional, starting from finding rocks, crushing it and putting the grinds in the pan. After mixing with water, the grids would look like porridge, and through the panning process, we can see gold flakes. However, to get gold containing rocks was not simple. People should dig at least three meters depth under the ground.

“But not all rocks we met contained gold. We would find out about the weight and type of gold after mixing it into liquid mercury,” he told suara.com.

Considering this, the income of gold miners was uncertain. If they were lucky, he and his friends could get 20 to 100 grams of 24 carats which could trade at Rp 400 thousand per gram.

“It’s all depending on the current gold price. It fluctuated following the increase in the oil price. But its price now is Rp 400 thousand,” he said.

Ten years ago, the Jayapura Municipal Government had attempted to stop the illegal mining in Buper that has been happening since 2001. But, the Ondofolo (Tribal Chief) of Kampung Babrongko Waena, Ramses Wally, disagreed with the city government.

At that time, Ramses said if the city government banned this panning activity, they should provide job opportunities to those illegal gold miners. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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