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Activists say protest supporting Papua not act of treason

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Jakarta   /   Fri, December 20, 2019   /  11:48 am
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Papuan activist Dano Tabuni attends a hearing regarding a protest held to support Papuan independence at the Central Jakarta District Court on Dec. 16. He and five other activists are facing treason charges.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Six activists on trial for holding a protest in support of Papuan independence have denied treason charges that were read out at a hearing on Thursday at the Central Jakarta District Court. The activists said they had not committed treason but had simply expressed their opinions. The defendants, who consist of 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, will prepare rebuttals and send them to the court before Jan. 2. The denial of the charges occurred after three court prosecutors announced on Thursday that the activists could face 20 years to life in prison for their protest in front of the State Palace on Aug. 28. The charges were announced in a trial that started at 05:45 p.m., seven hours after it was initially scheduled. “The de...