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Police have no comment on Komnas HAM Papua finding

Jakarta Post - November 6, 2011

Jakarta – National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution refused to provide commentary regarding the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) latest finding that there had been serious violations during the Papuan People congress crackdown in Abepura, which claimed the lives of six people.

"We don't want to create a polemic here," Usman said on Saturday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com. He said the National Police headquarters had deployed a team of forensic officers to investigate and examine the findings.

During a press conference held two days ago, Komnas HAM chief Ifdhal Kasim confirmed that it was law enforcers – the police and the army – who decided to use force while ordering people to disburse from the congress venue, thus claiming the lives of three people on site. "The raid was so unnecessary," Ifdhal said.

The bodies of other three people were found near the location several days after the crackdown.