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564 inmates in Papua receive remission

Antara News - December 25, 2010

Jayapura – Some 564 of the total of 939 inmates in Papua province will enjoy a remission in this year's Christmas celebrations.

Head of the Papua office of the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs Nazarudin Bunas said here Friday that of the total of 506 inmates who will receive a remission, 43 will directly walk free after receiving the remission.

"After the presentation of the remission on December 25, 43 inmates will walk free," he said. He added that the dossiers of the inmates who will receive a remission is still being examined for later to be forwarded to the relevant government authorities.

Nazarudin Bunas said the inmates who will get a remission are those who had a good behavior and had spent their time in accordance with the regulations.

Referring to two inmates who are actually political prisoners held at the Class IIA jail in Abepura, Jayapura, namely Filep Karma and Buctar Tabuni, Nazarudin Bunas said if they do not receive a remission this year it is becaused they are facing another legal process at the Papua police.

"The two did not receive a remission as they are suspects in other cases, including causing damage at the Adepura jail some time ago," he said.

Nazarudin Bunas said further that except in religious holidays, a remission is given also on Indonesian Independence Day. (H-NG/A014/S026)