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Death of Papuan Pastor Yeremias

October 22, 2020

KontraS Calls for Civilian Court in Death of Papuan Pastor Yeremias

Translator: Ricky Mohammad Nugraha
Editor: Laila Afifa
22 October 2020 15:28 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has urged the government to take the shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremias Zanambani to civilian court trial if members of the National Armed Forces (TNI) are proven guilty in the pastor’s death.

“Reviewing the shooting incident against the pastor, there is no form of harm that the TNI would endure. We think that there’s no reason to take the legal process to the military court,” said KontraS head of defense division, Arif Nur Fikri, in a press conference on Thursday, October 22.

The suspicion of TNI personnel involvement in the shooting was first mentioned by Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Mahfud MD. He cited the investigation report from the Intan Jaya TGPF (fact-finding team) which he specifically tasked to uncover the facts surrounding this incident.

However, Arif said KontraS highly appreciates the work done by the TGPF Intan Jaya and conveyed hope that the government’s good intentions would not stop at the establishment of a fact-finding team.

“Upon how the [TGPF] is intended to uncover the case and assuring that it would run independently, transparently, and accountably,” said Arif.

Read: Govt Suspects Authority’s Involvement in Death of Papuan Pastor



2) Indonesian activists push for full probe into Papua pastor shooting


By Stanley Widianto

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian activists called on Thursday for deeper investigation into the killing of a Papuan pastor, a day after a top security official said a government fact-finding mission had found signs of possible involvement by state forces.

Indonesia’s military has denied allegations by church groups that it was behind last month’s fatal shooting of pastor Yeremia Zanambani, but a 14-day probe into the incident has indicated security forces may have played a part in the killing. “We want a legal, lawful follow-up that is clear going forward,” Latifah Anum Siregar, director of the Democratic Alliance of Papua, told a news conference. “I’m worried the fact-finding team’s results are the climax, and maybe the case will later be opaque.”

Indonesia’s chief security minister, Mahfud MD, on Wednesday said the report, which is non-binding, had been sent to police and the attorney general’s office and would be resolved “according to law and without any favours”. He said security forces may have had some involvement in the Pastor’s death, but did not elaborate. “Information and facts that the team has gathered on the ground show an alleged involvement of state forces, even though it could also have been perpetrated by a third party,” said Mahfud. Military spokesman Colonel Gusti Nyoman Suriastawa in a statement said the military appreciated the findings and promised there would be no cover-up.

The shooting occurred around the same time that two soldiers and a civilian were killed in the same area of the Intan Jaya region, incidents the probe found were perpetrated by armed Papuan groups. West Papua has been riven by separatist conflict since the former Dutch colony was incorporated into Indonesia, following a controversial United Nations referendum in 1969. Beka Ulung Hapsara of Indonesia’s human rights commission told Reuters that it was also investigating the incident and would send its recommendations to the president. Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman told Reuters the government probe was a “one-off, face-saving mission” launched only because the pastor’s death was raised at the United Nations Human Rights Council last month.

Additional reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing and additional reporting by Kate Lamb; Editing by Martin Petty

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