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Imparsial Criticises Police For The Death Of Mako Tabuni

Press Release – West Papua Media Alerts

Imparsial, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor, has expressed its deep regret at the action by the police who shot Mako Tabuni, the chairman of KNPB, the National Committee of West Papua, resulting in his death.Imparsial Criticises Police For The Death Of Mako Tabuni

JUBI, 14 June 2012

Imparsial, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor, has expressed its deep
regret at the action by the police who shot Mako Tabuni, the chairman of
KNPB, the National Committee of West Papua, resulting in his death.

The executive director, Poengky Indarti said that if the police
suspected that Mako Tabuni was involved in recent acts of violence ,
they should have acted in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal
Code

‘It is extremely regrettable that the police shot Mako Tabuni, as a
result of which this activist died,’ she said.

She went on to say that the police would have needed evidence in order
the conduct an investigation. and if they did have such evidence in this
case, Mako Tabuni should have been taken into custody and treated as a
suspect.

‘The procedure would then be for the police to summon the person in
question for interrogation. He can only be detained if there is reason
to fear that he may abscond or commit a further crime.

A person can indeed be arrested if he is caught red-handed. But bearing
in mind that this was not the case, the action by the police in
arresting and shooting Mako Tabuni was a violation of the criminal
procedural code, KUHAP.

‘Even if he had resisted, the security forces should not have taken
action that resulted in his death. If he had offered resistance with a
sharp weapon or with a firearm, the police should have first warned him
of the consequences, and if forced to shoot, they should have made sure
that this would not cause any fatal injuries.’

The Imparsial executive-director said that it was also very regrettable
that the death of Mako Tabuni had made the situation in Jayapura worse
than ever. The response to his death by members of the KNPB has resulted
in the situation in Jayapura becoming very tense indeed. ‘We urge the
security forces to take greater care in handling a case like this, and
they should always act in accordance with the provisions of the law.’

The failings of the police can only result in the situation getting
worse, reinforcing the occurrence of further acts of violence and
causing the people to feel even more insecure.

ENDS

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