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Papuan activist dies after release from prison

  • Benny Mawel

    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura   /   Wed, September 18, 2019   /  05:41 pm
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National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) members and relatives of Zamotok Lokon stand by the late activist's grave. Lokon died after being released from Abepura Prison in Jayapura, Papua, on Monday. (JP/Benny Mawel)

An activist affiliated with the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) died on Monday after being released from Abepura Prison in Jayapura, Papua, where he had been serving a sentence for robbery. The activist, identified as Zamotok Lokon, was arrested by the Jayapura Police and charged with robbery in 2018. Lokon was held on remand for two months before his trial in Jayapura District Court, which sentenced him to eight months’ imprisonment on May 28, 2018.  KNPB head Agust Kossay said that Lokon had suffered an intestinal complaint when he started his sentence. However, Lokon reportedly never received proper treatment while in prison. “He suffered from diarrhea, but the prison did not provide him with proper treatment so his health kept declining over time,” Kossay told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.  He added that Lokon&...