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Imprisoned West Papuan leader rejects charge of treason

Forkorus-Yoboisembut

Forkorus Yoboisembut (right, wearing the Morning Star tie) ... 56 days in police custody until charged. Photo: PMC archive

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Report – By Bintang Papua in Jayapura

After spending 56 days in  police custody,  Forkorus Yaboisembut along with four others, has finally been charged with treason. He is now being held in Abepura Prison.

The charge was strongly rejected by lawyer Gustav Kawar, one of their legal team. They say that police interrogators insisted that the five men be charged even though  the police would need first to consider the incident in which they were involved right from the start.

Before the three-day peaceful Papuan Peace Congress was held on October 17-19 which ended in a brutal clampdown on the rally for self-determination, the committee sent a letter of notification  to the police  requesting  permission for the congress to be held.

They had also sent a letter to the minister for legal, political and security affairs  requesting him to be the keynote speaker at the congress, which the minister had agreed to, and had instructed
the director-general of the ministry to open the congress.

“How can this be said to be treason when there have been letters received from the police and the minister?,” said the lawyers.

Even though the police interrogators have said that the documents for the trial are now complete, the lawyers will make a formal complaint, stressing that  what their clients had done was to express their
opinions which is guaranteed  under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights .

The lawyer said that their clients  had not yet signed any documents relating to the trial. Yet even so, the police interrogators consider that the documents are complete and have been submitted to the
prosecutor’s  office.

Congress peaceful
He said that  usually when someone is charged with treason, there should have been an attack, but the Congress proceeded  peacefully  and came to a conclusion according to the aspirations of the Papuan people  who want to exercise their right to self-determination and to set up a state of West Papua.

When Forkorus and  his colleagues arrived at the prosecutor’s office, they were sent straight for interrogation by the prosecutor, Maskel Rombolangi, and were accompanied by their lawyer, Anum Siregar, and there was a request that the men should be held in custody  at the detention centre of the police.

This was firmly rejected by Selpius Bobii, accompanied by Domingus Serabut. Things then became quite tense .

The five accused  were taken to the prosecutor’s office in Jayapura  for proceedings to continue.

“We don’t yet know whether they will be sent back to police custody,” said the lawyers.

Gustav Kawar said that the five accused are: Forkorus Yaboisembut, Edison Waromi, Selpius Bobii, Domingus Sarabut and Agus Krat who have been charged under Article 106  with treason and for incitement under article 160 of the Penal Code.

After the Congress, the five men and Gat Wenda  were arrested by the police after they had been involved in proclaiming the State of West Papua on 19 October in Abepura.

Three killed
At the same time, three members of PETAPA, were killed.

The first charge could result in sentences of 20 years in jail or life , while the second charge can lead  to a six-year sentence.

One of the lawyers of Forkorus, Anum Siregar said that since 7 December, they had refused to be interrogated on the basis of an international covenant and rejected the charge of treason .

Anum Siregar said that her clients had refused to be held at the police detention centres because they did not feel safe there and moreover, their families had not been permitted to visit them.

The detained men said that they would prefer to be held at Abepura Prison because their families would be able to visit them and they felt safer there.

When the men met a reporter from Bintang Papua,  they said they had been ill and had be treated violently , They also rejected medication provided by the police  and wanted to be treated by doctors at the general hospital.

Finally, the men were handed over to the authorities at Abepura Prison and they have been given medical check-ups.

Source: Translated by the Indonesian human rights group Tapol from the Bahasa Indonesia article in Bintang Papua.

2 comments:

  1. Gerard Thijssen, 20. December 2011, 3:59

    It is too crazy for words that these men were arrested by the police and landed in jail. They were charged with treason.
    There was permission for the demonstration to be held.
    The Indonesian democracy is far away and it shows Papuan people is maltreated in all manners.

     
  2. Ferdinand Okoseray, 17. January 2012, 15:40

    “Syukur bagi-Mu, Tuhan.”
    Dengan memperhatikan kondisi masyarakat bangsa Papua di Negeri Papua Barat, sejarah telah mencatat sebagai berikut:
    1. Sejak 19 Desember 1961, Indonesia telah secara sepihak membubarkan satu negara Papua Barat yang ditetapkan pada 1 Desember 1961 dengan mengumandangkan Trikora; sekaligus menyingkirkan Komite Nasional Papua yang telah mempersiapkan terbentuknya Negara Papua dengan menetapkan simbol-simbol negara yaitu, (a) Bendera Kebangsaan Papua, Bintang Fajar, (b) Lagu Kebangsaan Papua, Hai Tanahku Papua, dan (c) Lambang Negara adalah Burung Mambruk;
    2. Pada 15 Agustus 1962, Indonesia dan Belanda tanpa melibatkan orang asli Papua menandatangani Perjanjian New York;
    3. Pada 1 Oktober 1962, Pemerintah Belanda menyerahkan administrasi pemerintahan kepada UNTEA;
    4. Pada 1 Mei 1963, UNTEA menyerahkan administrasi pemerintahan di Papua Barat kepada Negara Republik Indonesia tanpa melibatkan orang asli Papua;
    5. Pada bulan Juli – Agustus 1969, Indonesia telah merekayasa pelaksanaan PEPERA (Act of Free Choice menjadi Act of No Choice) untuk menguasai wilayah Papua Barat;
    6. Operasi-operasi militer Indonesia sejak awal tahun 1960-an sampai hari ini; operasi inteligen, status DOM dalam rangka mengamankan pembangunan untuk kepentingan Negara Indonesia;
    7. Point 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, dan 6, adalah bagian dari bentuk pelanggaran Hak Asasi Manusia bagi orang asli Papua selama kurang lebih 50 Tahun…

    Maka, masyarakat bangsa Papua di seluruh Negeri Papua Barat telah mencatat hasil – hasil dari Kongres Rakyat Papua (KRP) III pada 17 – 19 Oktober 2011, dan telah mendeklarasikan Negara Papua Barat serta memilih Presiden dan Perdana Menteri.
    Agar dapat keluar dari segala bentuk Pelanggaran Hak Asasi Manusia yang dilakukan oleh Negara Indonesia, maka mohon dukungan seluruh masyarakat Papua, masyarakat dan pemerintah Indonesia serta masyarakat internasional untuk:
    1. Menerima dan mendukung Deklarasi Kemerdekaan Negara Republik Federal Papua Barat pada 19 Oktober 2011;
    2. Menolak Proses Persidangan Presiden Papua Barat FORKORUS YABOISEMBUT dan Perdana Menteri EDISON WAROMI, serta DOMINIKUS SORABUT, SELPIUS BOBII, dan AGUS KRAR oleh PENGADILAN NEGERI INDONESIA;
    3. Minta kepada Mahkamah Internasional di Den Haag Belanda, agar segera melakukan UJI MATERI KASUS MAKAR DAN DEKLARASI KEMERDEKAAN NEGARA PAPUA BARAT PADA 19 0KTOBER 2011;
    4. Minta NEGARA REPUBLIK INDONESIA agar segera memberikan pengakuan atas kemerdekaan dan Kedaulatan Negara Republik Ferderal Papua Barat;
    5. Minta Kerajaan Belanda agar segera memberikan pengakuan atas kemerdekaan dan Kedaulatan Negara Republik Ferderal Papua Barat;
    6. Minta Amerika Serikat agar segera memberikan pengakuan atas kemerdekaan dan Kedaulatan Negara Republik Ferderal Papua Barat;
    7. Minta Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa dan Dunia Internasional agar dapat memberikan pengakuan atas kemerdekaan dan Kedaulatan Negara Republik Ferderal Papua Barat.