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Polish man in West Papua jail doing okay, says lawyer

Radio New Zealand - August 21, 2021

A Polish man imprisoned in an Indonesian jail after visiting West Papua as a tourist is doing okay, according to his lawyer.

Jakub Skrzypski is serving a seven-year sentence for treason after being arrested in Papua in 2018 when he was found to have consorted with Papuan pro-independence activists.

Skrzypski, who denied the treason charges, has been held at Wamena prison in Papua's highlands.

Advocates for political prisoners have been concerned about the health of Skrzypski. However his Indonesian lawyer, Latifah Anum Siregar, told RNZ Pacific that he is currently healthy.

She said the Polish consul in Indonesia had planned to visit Skrzypski in Wamena but his visit was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Siregar said Skrzypski has applied to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo for clemency, with the application still pending.

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/449592/in-brief-news-from-around-the-pacifi