Soldiers Suspected of Selling Bullets to Rebels Stand Trial at Military Court


Jayapura, Jubi – Three soldiers faced a military tribunal on Monday accused of selling bullets to rebels in Lanny Jaya Regency.

The soldiers are Second Sergeant Martinus Jikwa (Lanny Jaya Military Command, Second Sergeant Arsyad Wagab (Kurima Military Command) and First Cadet Darius Kogoya (Battalion 756 Wamena).

The trial was presided over by Judge Lieutenant Colonel Marine Ventje Bulo with members of the panel Lieutenant Colonel Marine Asep RH and Major Legal Corps A. Jaelani. The hearing was conducted separately and opened.

The Military Judge Advocate, Major Legal Corps Agung said the three suspects were charged with the Article 1, Paragraph 1 of Emergency Law No.12/1951 about the firearm. “But the evidences were different. The hearing would be continued on Wednesday (5/3/2105),” Agung said after the hearing.

According to him, the witness to be presented in the next hearing is Tanggap Jikwa, the police officer who arrested by the Papua Police in last October 2014 when selling bullet to the armed group in Wamena. His arrest later revealed the involvement of three military officers in the bullet trading. To the police, Tanggap Jikwa admitted he got the bullets from the military officers.


On one occasion, the Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Commander, Major General Fransen Siahaan said the military would tighten their internal control to avoid similar case occurred in the future. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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