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Jakarta Post

Papuan separatist leader arrested

  • Nethy Dharma Somba and Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 21 2008   /  11:22 am

Police on Monday arrested separatist leader Buchtar Tabuni as he was about to attend a massive rally in Jayapura, Papua, to show support for the newly created international parliamentarian caucus for West Papua in London. In Jakarta, a leading legislator said the House of Representatives would file a protest against the British Parliament through the British Embassy for supporting separatism. Buchtar and 17 other Papuan separatists were arrested by police at Imbi Park and taken for questioning to Jayapura City Police headquarters some 30 meters from the park. Buchtar was later transferred to Papua Provincial Police headquarters to be questioned as a witness in Thursday's rally to celebrate the establishment of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) in London. The provincial police accused Buchtar as the rally organizer of violating Articles 106, 110, 160, 21...