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Jakarta Post

Four Papuans questioned over flag-raising

  • Nethy Dharma Somba and Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Sat, December 3 2011   /  10:40 am

The Jayapura Police have questioned four Papuan people in connection with the separatist flag-raising ceremony during the “West Papua Independence Day” anniversary celebration on Dec. 1 in Timika.

The four were identified as Larius Dolame, Nurbertus Timang, Marel Magai, Eli Maiseni and Marinus Pigai.

According to the head of the Pegunungan Tengah Papua Indonesian Students Association Markus Haluk, six people sustained gunshot wounds during the incident at the Indah Field in Timika. They are currently being treated at Caritas Hospital in Timika, Markus claimed. Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Wachyono, however, denied the incident ever occurred. “No one was shot, whereas, in fact, five of our men were wounded in the incident,” he said Friday.

Police have also named three suspects in connection with the assault on Jayapura Police member Second Brig. Ridwan Na...