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Call to gather at prosecutor's home to demand hospital treatment for Victor Yeimo

Suara.com - August 28, 2021

Dwi Bowo Raharjo and Ria Rizki Nirmala Sari – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) diplomacy commissariat head Kobabe Wanimbo is appealing to the Papuan people to gather at the private residence of the Papua chief public prosecutor in the Doc 2 area of Jayapura city.

The appeal was made to support a demand that KNPB international spokesperson Victor Yeimo be transferred from the Mobile Brigade command headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention centre to a hospital because his health has further deteriorated.

Yeimo was arrested by security forces because of [his alleged] link to riots in Papua in 2019. Since he has been detained however, his state of health has become critical.

"As a consequence of his lungs and chronic [illness]. Moreover the doctor has advised that Victor Yeimo must be treated in hospital", said Wanimbo in a press release received by Suara.com on Saturday August 28.

Although his state of health has worsened, the prosecutor handling his case is said not to care. Yeimo was forcibly taken back to the Papua regional police Mako Brimob detention centre after earlier being treated at the Jayapura public hospital.

Yet in a ruling on August 26 by the court hearing Yeimo's case, the judges instructed the prosecutor to postpone Yeimo's detention and prosecution so that he can be treated at a public hospital in Jayapura.

Moreover the chief public prosecutor was also ordered to place Yeimo in detention only after his health had improved.

Because of this attitude, KNPB members and other activists went to the chief public prosecutor's private residence to demand that permission be immediately granted for Yeimo to receive medical treatment.

The KNPB also appealed to all Papuan people to gather at the prosecutor's residence to support the demand.

"We will remain here making this demand of the prosecutor, immediately transfer Victor Yeimo to hospital to obtain treatment for him", said Wanimbo.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "KNPB Datangi Rumah Kepala Kejati Papua, Tuntut Izinkan Victor Yeimo Dibawa ke RS".]

Source: https://www.suara.com/news/2021/08/28/193832/knpb-datangi-rumah-kepala-kejati-papua-tuntut-izinkan-victor-yeimo-dibawa-ke-r