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Jakarta Post

10 years sought for independence activist

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 18 2009   /  01:20 pm

Prosecutors told the district court in Jayapura, Papua, on Wednesday that pro-independence activist Bucthar Tabuni should be sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for alleged treason. Buchtar, chairman of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP), was arrested in Jayapura last December for leading a peaceful demonstration to support the launch of the IPWP in London. The protest rally was held on Oct. 16, 2008 and was attended by hundreds of Papuans. The IPWP campaigns for the peaceful independence of West Papua from Indonesia and for the right to self-determination for local indigenous people. Buchtar is now facing multiple criminal charges. At the trial Thursday, Prosecutor Maskel Rambulangi told the court that Buchtar was guilty of violating Article 106 in the Criminal Code for an act of treason, Article 160 on provocation and Article 212 on acts against...