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Jakarta Post

Treason suspects accuse police of breaching procedure

  • Ardila Syakriah and Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 24 2019   /  12:35 am

Lawyers representing six Papuan activists who were named treason suspects filed a pretrial motion on Tuesday against the Jakarta Police at the South Jakarta District Court. They alleged that the police had breached legal procedure in arresting and naming the suspects.The six suspects are Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson Surya Anta and students Charles Kossay, Dano Tabuni, Isay Wenda, Ambrosius Mulait and Arina Elopere. They were arrested by the Jakarta Police on Aug. 30 and 31 and named treason suspects after they staged a protest in front of the State Palace in Jakarta on Aug. 28.The Jakarta protest followed a string of protests nationwide condemning alleged racist attacks and excessive use of force by security personnel against Papuan students in Surabaya on Aug. 16 and 17.The six activists, who have been detained at the police's Mobile Brigade h...