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Politician nabbed for 1,500 Bintang Kejora flags possession

Tempo - September 3, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – A politician from Perindo Party of Sorong Sayang Mandabayan is undergoing police question in Manokwari Resort Police Headquarters, Papua, over the possession of 1,500 flags of Bintang Kejora or morning star, the symbol of the Free Papua Movement.

"The questioning is still afoot in Manokwari police headquarters," said National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo in his office, South Jakarta, Tuesday, September 3.

Sayang was arrested in Rendani Airport, Manokwari, right before claiming his baggage. The airport's Aviation Security (Avsec) suspected Sayang's wary behaviors.

The team then searched through his belongings and discovered 1,500 pieces of the small flag of Bintang Kejora in his pink suitcase. He was brought to Rendani Sector Police to be picked by Manokwari police officers for further examination.

Dedi said that according to Manokwari Police, Sayang Mandabayan boarded Wings Air from DEO Airport Sorong to join a peaceful rally which would take place today, September 3, in Manokwari. "We are still examining the suspicion," he concluded.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1243280/politician-nabbed-for-1500-bintang-kejora-flags-possession