Intan Jaya probe: Minister to share findings on Oct 19

Jakarta – Indonesia’s security minister, Mahfud MD, will reveal the result of a joint fact-finding group’s (TGPF’s) probe into recent shootings in Intan Jaya district, Papua province, on October 19, 2020.

The attacks have actually declared the lives of soldiers and civilians, including a priest.

” We are submitting our report on the outcome of the group’s event of realities to Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD on Monday (October 19),” TGPF head Benny Mamoto told a virtual interview in Jakarta on Saturday.

Mamoto did not elaborate on the factors behind Mahfud MD announcing the results of their probe.

He stated his team mostly applied a culturally-sensitive method for penetrating the deadly shootings. Its members relied on voluntary accounts from invited witnesses.

” We focused on a cultural method when collecting realities on the ground. We are not detectives. We just collect truths so that we ourselves must come or the figures that we have welcomed to come voluntarily show up (to state what they experienced),” he stated.

Mamoto also highlighted the strong dedication on part of all members of the fact-finding team on discovering the cases.

ANTARA has actually reported how the task that the Benny Mamoto-led fact-finding team’s members performed in Papua was not an easy one.

On October 9, 2020, a group of armed separatists assailed them in Mamba village, Sugapa subdistrict, Intan Jaya district.

The West Papua National Freedom Army (TPNPB) validated it was behind the attack on members of the TGPF. One of the fact-finding team’s members and a soldier were injured in the attack.

The TGPF member– Gadjah Mada University (UGM) lecturer Bambang Purwoko– was shot in the leg, while TNI soldier First Sgt Faisal Akbar of the Hitadipa Job Force sustained injuries on his waist.

The Indonesian government established the TGPF to penetrate a series of lethal shootings in Intan Jaya in September, 2020, the bloodiest month in the district this year, with armed separatists mounting a spate of attacks, which left 2 soldiers and two civilians dead, and 2 others injured.

On September 19, 2020, an Indonesian soldier died in a gunfight with several armed Papuan rebels near the Persiapan Hipadipa Military Sub-district Command’s substance in the district.

The fallen hero was determined as First Private Dwi Akbar Utomo, according to XVII Cenderawasih Regional Military Command representative, Lt. Col. Reza Nur Patria.

The same day, armed separatists apparently gunned down Priest Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa village, Hitadipa sub-district.

The priest died of gunshot injuries after he was shot by armed crooks on September 19, 2020, Joint Regional Defense Command (Kogabwilhan) III spokesperson, Col. IGN Suriastawa, kept in mind in a declaration.

On September 17, 2020, another soldier, Chief Sergeant Sahlan, was supposedly killed in an ambush laid by a group of armed separatists. He was going back to the Persiapan Hipadipa Military Sub-district Command in Intan Jaya district with food supplies from the Sugapa area when he was assaulted.

The aggressors seized his weapon and publication, according to Commander of the Biak-based 173/ Praja Vira Braja Military Resort Command, Brig. Gen. Iwan Setiawan.

Sahlan, a member of the 1404 Pindrang Military District Command in South Sulawesi province, had been entrusted with backing up the Village Supervisory Non-Commissioned Officers (Babinsa) of the Persiapan Hipadipa Armed Force Sub-district Command, he noted.

In a different event on September 17, 2020, armed Papuan rebels had reportedly tortured and eliminated a 49- year-old motorbike taxi Ojek chauffeur identified as Badawi.


Associated news: Mahfud MD declares ambush versus fact-finding group premeditated move.

Related news: Intan Jaya case TGPF’s last report targeted on Oct 17


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