Jayapura – The General Criminal Investigation Directorate of the Papua Police has revealed the motive for the murder and mutilation of four Nduga residents in Timika was a robbery.
The suspects will be charged with Article 340 jo. Articles 55 and 56 of the Criminal Code on premeditated murder, or Article 338 jo. Articles 55 and 56 of the Criminal Code on murder, or Article 365 jo. Articles 55 and 56 of the Criminal Code on theft with violence.
Police has also named another suspect in the murder, Roy, who has not been caught, and has now been included on the wanted list.
"So the total number of suspects is 10 people. Four people are civilians, and six are Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers," said director of General Criminal Investigation Sr. Comr. Faisal Ramadhani when contacted by phone on Monday night, August 29, 2022.
"What is clear is that suspects Roy and Andre Pudjianto Lee aka Jeck are the masterminds of the violent theft," he added.
Faisal added that on Monday night, another body of the murder victim was found. However, the police has not yet confirmed the identity of the body. "The victim was found after sunset. Thus a total of three victims have been found in the same condition [without heads and legs]. We are still searching for one more body," Faisal said.
A member of the Papua Legislative Council, Namantus Gwijangge, said the murder and mutilation of four civilians from Nduga Regency that occurred in Mimika Baru District, Mimika Regency on August 22, 2022, was an inhumane act.
Gwijangge asked the TNI Commander and President Joko Widodo to ensure that TNI soldiers involved in the murder were punished and fired.
"The barbaric act of the TNI members is very inhumane. We demand that the perpetrators of the murder and mutilation be given strict sanctions for a deterrent effect. The actions of TNI personnel have injured the heart of the Papuan people, and undermined the dignity of the institution where they work," he told Jubi on Monday.
Gwijangge reminded security forces not to accuse civilians of being members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB). Gwijangge questioned the basis for such an accusation.
"Please do not make arbitrary accusations. The authorities must prove if one resident is accused of being a TPNPB member. Otherwise, don't lead a public opinion that one of the victims is TPNPB to justify the barbaric incident," he said.
Previously, the XVII/Cenderawasih Military Police had detained six soldiers of Brigif 20 Kostrad who were allegedly involved in the killing. XVII/Cenderawasih chief Maj. Gen. Teguh Muji Angkasa said TNI commander Gen. Andika Perkasa and Army chief of Staff Gen. Dudung Abdurachman had ordered the Army Military Police Center (Puspomad) to thoroughly investigate the case.
"We [the Army] are committed, the law must be upheld. If there is true involvement of soldiers, then we will impose sanctions per applicable laws and regulations. Once again I emphasize that if any of our members are involved in criminal acts, we will not tolerate it," Teguh said.