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Security forces arrest Papuan man accused of killing Indonesian lieutenant

Human Rights Monitor - May 31, 2024

AKBP Bayu Suseno stated on 11 May 2024, that on that date at approximately 10:40 am, the Cartenz Peace Operations Task Force arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for the murder of Lieutenant Oktovianus Sogalrey, head of the Aradide Danramil 1703-4 post.

The suspect was found in possession of the victim's mobile phone. AKBP Bayu identified the suspect as Anan Nawipa, a 30-year-old resident of Widimeida Village, Paniai Regency. The arrest reportedly took place in Bapouda Village, Paniai Regency.

The Cartenz Peace Task Force confiscated several items as evidence, including a mobile phone containing a SIM card belonging to the victim. Officers also seized a bladed weapon and a bank account book from the suspect.

"The evidence secured includes a mobile phone with the SIM card belonging to Lieutenant Oktovianus Sogalrey, a machete, a set of L-shaped keys, a BRI bank account book, and a blue-black side bag," said AKBP Bayu.

On 15, 2024, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) issued a statement clarifying the arrest of Andarias Nawipa by Indonesian security forces.

The TPNPB claims that Nawipa is a civilian and not a member of their organisation, and that he was wrongfully arrested and accused of involvement in the shooting of Danramil Agadide. The TPNPB denies any connection between Nawipa and the shooting, stating that he is a motorcycle taxi driver who happened to be at the scene of the crime after the attack.

Source: https://humanrightsmonitor.org/case/security-forces-arrest-papuan-man-accused-of-killing-indonesian-lieutenant-tpnpb-says-he-is-a-civilian-not-involved-in-the-shooting