Alexander Loen, Jayapura, Jubi – The eight people who raised the Morning Star flag at the Cenderawasih Gymnasium in Jayapura City on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, were named suspects for alleged treason.
Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said the eight flag bearers were suspected of treason after they were intensively examined by investigators from the Directorate of General Criminal Investigation of the Papua Police. Kamal said they were named suspects after investigators conducted a case title led by Criminal Investigation director Sr. Comr. Faisal Ramandani.
Kamal explained that the eight people raising the Morning Star flag at Cenderawasih Gymnasium were charged with Article 106 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 110 and Article 87 of the Criminal Code on committing treason.
"The investigation of the case is based on the Police Report LP/A/182/XII/2021/SPKT/Ditreskrimum/Papua Police dated Dec. 1, 2021," Kamal said on Thursday.
According to the investigators, Kamal said, a suspect named MY played the role of the leader. MY is suspected of making flags and banners, as well as leading a meeting on Tuesday at the Maro Dormitory, to prepare for the rising of the Morning Star flag on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the other seven people were participants in the ceremony and rally from Cenderawasih Gym to the office of the Papua Legislative Council. The people unfurled banners while singing songs and shouting "Papua is free". The seven participants also attended the meeting on Nov. 30.
All of the eight suspects are now being held at the Papua Police Headquarters Detention Center to undergo further legal processes. "The detention was based on Detention Warrants No. 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, and 204, dated Dec. 2, 2021," said Kamal.