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Police allegedly intimidate suspects of antiracism protests in Papua: Lawyers

  • Benny Mawel

    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura   /   Thu, January 9, 2020   /  03:48 pm
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People protest in Jayapura on Aug. 19 in response to racist slurs against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java. Twenty-five people who were named suspects in the protest are undergoing trial.(Antara/Gusti Tanati)

The lawyers of 25 men charged with violence and vandalism in connection with protests against racism in Jayapura, Papua, are questioning the legality of the police procedures that led to them being named suspects. One of the lawyers, Alo Renwarin, said the defendants have revoked their testimony contained in the dossiers delivered before the panel of judges during trial, claiming the investigators used physical and psychological intimidation to get the statements. “[The defendants were] beaten and intimidated to give testimony in a way that incriminated themselves, despite that they did not do [what they were accused of],” Alo told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. After the defendant gave their testimonies, the Jayapura District Court in Papua held a hearing during which a total of 12 Papua Police officers involved in the investigation of antiracism protests i...