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Seven convicts of raising Morning Star released

September 29, 2022

Seven convicts of raising Morning Star released
Treason Convicts For Raising Morning Star Free – News Desk
28 September 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Seven students who raised the Morning Star flag at Cenderawasih Sport Center, Jayapura on December 1, 2021, were released from Abepura Penitentiary on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 10:32 Papua time. They were released after serving 10 months in prison.

The seven students are Melvin Yobe (29), Melvin Fernando Waine (25), Devio Tekege (23), Yosep Ernesto Matuan (19), Maksimus Simon Petrus You (18), Lukas Kitok Uropmabin (21), and Ambrosius Fransiskus Elopere (21).

Upon their release, the students were immediately greeted by their families and lawyers. Their release was also closely guarded by police officers. A number of policemen were seen holding firearms.

Melvin Yobe was grateful that he and his friends were able to survive ten months of detention in good health. They also expressed their gratitude to everyone who has supported them so far.

Melvin Yobe said he would continue his fight for truth and justice in Papua. He said the struggle must continue because injustice continues to occur in Papua.

Helmi, the lawyer of the seven students, said it was time for them to be released. “The verdict was in August 2022 while they were arrested and detained in December 2021. Today is exactly ten months after their detention in prison so today they are free,” Helmi told Jubi

Helmi hoped that in the future, allegations against the Morning Star fliers could be resolved through non-court mechanisms. “Papua Special Autonomy Law No. 2/2021 stated that Papua has distinctive characteristics in the form of a regional symbol and its own flag, the Morning Star. So raising the Morning Star should not be a problem as long as it is interpreted as a cultural symbol,” he said.

Previously, on August 28, the panel of judges at the Jayapura District Court found the seven Morning Star raisers guilty of treason. They were each sentenced to 10 months in prison and required to pay compensation for state losses worth Rp 5,000.

However, the panel of judges stipulated that the sentence is fully deducted by the detention period that has been served. Therefore in September, Melvin Yobe and his friends are declared free for they have served 10 months in prison.

In the verdict, the panel of judges stated that the defendants’ actions of marching while shouting “Free Papua” and “We are not Red and White (Indonesian flag)” had fulfilled the elements of treason, as well as their action of unfurling banners with the words “Self Determination For West Papua, Stop West Papua Militarism” and “Indonesia Immediately Open Access for the UN Human Rights Commission Investigation Team to West Papua”.

The ruling also stated that the defendants’ call for the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) did not need to involve raising the Morning Star flag and marching while shouting “Free Papua”.

The panel of judges then returned the evidence of a koteka (male sheath), three noken (traditional woven bag), two bead necklaces, four jeans, five shirts, a jacket, two cellphone chargers, and three cellphones to the defendants.

However, some evidence namely a slingshot, two Morning Star flags and a banner were confiscated for destruction. (*)


2) Indonesian Red Cross presses for more volunteers in Papuan provinces
12 hours ago

Wamena, Papua Pegunungan (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Red Cross Society (PMI) Office in Papua pushed for more volunteers to be deployed in all cities and districts in Papuan provinces to optimize medical services for residents.

Head of the PMI Office in Papua Zakeus Degei stated that his office was currently collecting the data of PMI volunteers in the region.

"We want to ensure that (Red Cross) volunteers will be available throughout the Papuan regions, while we still collect data for the Papua Pegunungan region, as new volunteers in the region have just been inaugurated," Degei stated here, Tuesday.

He remarked that the Papua PMI also organized training sessions for volunteers expected to provide basic medical assistance for residents in their localities.

He pointed out that while training sessions had been organized in Mimika District, Central Papua, and Jayawijaya District, Papua Pegunungan, volunteers in Jayawijaya have received training on first aid and handling of dead bodies.

"This is only the beginning, as we will organize and encourage more training, particularly for ambulance crews and on basic first aid, as they will be the backbone of Red Cross Society activities in districts," Degei noted.

The regional PMI head affirmed that with the support of the International Red Cross Society, his office is ready to register volunteers in the online database system.

Meanwhile, Assistant I of Jayawijaya Regional Secretary Tinggal Wusono lauded PMI’s efforts to boost the capacity of residents, who volunteered in the Red Cross Society, to provide basic medical assistance for residents.

"We positively viewed this (development) as an effort to enhance our coordination to our collective duty to ensure that (PMI) activities can proceed effectively. We also support residents’ enthusiasm to partake as volunteers for PMI," Wusono stated.

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Reporter: Marius Frisson Y, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Sri Haryati


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3) Brimob from North Sulawesi and Maluku Deployed to Jayapura, Papua
A total of three Brimob SSKs were assisted in securing Jayapura City

PengamananNews Desk
27 September 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV– A total of three Company-level units or SSKs of the Maluku and North Sulawesi Brimob Units have been brought to Papua since 20 September 2022. The three Brimob SSKs were seconded in securing the City of Jayapura.

Head of Public Relations of the Papua Regional Police, Kombes Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said the addition of Brimob troops in Jayapura City was carried out to anticipate changes in the security situation after the appointment of the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe as a suspect in receiving gratuities worth Rp. 1 billion.

Nevertheless, Kamal emphasized that until now Jayapura City has remained conducive, even though Enembe’s supporters had rallied.

“We from the Police are always on standby to anticipate changes in the situation. However, we hope that we will maintain a safe and conducive situation. I’m sure the community will also be happy if the situation remains safe and conducive," said Kamal in Jayapura City, Tuesday (27/9/2022).

Kamal stated that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would continue the law enforcement process in the case of alleged receipt of gratuities by the Governor of Papua. According to him, the Papuan Police are ready to help meet the needs of the KPK.

“We are always ready if the KPK asks for help. But we the police have the main task of protecting, nurturing, and serving the community," he said.

Kamal stressed that the police will try their best to provide a sense of security and comfort to everyone. He stated that all people have the same right to feel safe and comfortable in the Land of Papua.

"We always coordinate and communicate with all elements of society, leaders, and the TNI," he said. (*)


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