Jakarta – Three Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel have been dishonorably discharged and sentenced to prison after a military tribunal found them guilty of supplying thousands rounds of ammunition to an armed rebel group in Papua.
The three TNI personnel, who had been previously stationed in Timika, appeared before a military tribunal led by Lt. Col. M. Idris in Jayapura on Tuesday afternoon, as reported by Antara news agency.
The military court found them guilty of selling thousands of rounds of ammunition to an armed rebel group – widely referred to as an "armed criminal group" by authorities – in the region.
Second Sgt. Wahyu Insyafandi, who had been discharged from his duty, was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment by the court. Meanwhile, fellow defendants Second Pvt. Okto PR Maure and Second Pvt. Elias KS Waromi were sentenced to 10 years in prison and two and a half years in prison, respectively.
Previously, joint military and police personnel grouped under the Nemangkawi task force foiled an attempt to sell 600 rounds of illegal ammunition taking place in front of a department store in Timika on Jul. 24 of last year.
The ammunition was reportedly planned to be supplied to an armed rebel group in Papua.
The restive province has been the hotbed of separatism for years and armed groups, which authorities said were operating in some of Papua's regencies, have often been reported to be behind numerous cases of violence in the region. (rfa)