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10 former Papuan separatists request amnesty

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

| Tue, February 2, 2016 | 09:35 am
10 former Papuan separatists request amnesty Deputy Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Rudolf A Rodja shakes hands with one of the former Papuan rebels who surrendered to the police on Jan. 26. A total of 10 former rebels are now in Jakarta seeking an amnesty from the government. (Antara/Indrayadi TH) (Antara/Indrayadi TH)

Deputy Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Rudolf A Rodja shakes hands with one of the former Papuan rebels who surrendered to the police on Jan. 26. A total of 10 former rebels are now in Jakarta seeking an amnesty from the government. (Antara/Indrayadi TH)

Ten former members of a Papuan separatist group, the National Liberation Army/Free Papua Movement (TPN/OPM), have asked the government to grant them an amnesty, a senior intelligence official has confirmed.

The former Papuan rebels were received by National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Sutiyoso last week. '€œThis is a good step [forward], as a domino effect following [the surrender of Acehnese rebel leader] Din Minimi," Sutiyoso said on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.

Sutiyoso said the former rebels also requested living assistance, adding that such issues had already been discussed with their regional government and it would most likely be granted because their requests were simple enough, such as for public housing.

"The local government has already made plans," Sutiyoso added.

Teranus Enumbi, a former rebel who once served as a platoon commander in Tinggi Nambu, Puncak Jaya, said they had grown weary of fighting before surrendering to Puncak Jaya Governor Jaya Henock Ibo. They subsequently asked to meet with Sutiyoso following their submission.

The former separatists traveled to Jakarta at the end of January and will return to Papua this week. (liz/bbn)(+)

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