Jayapura, Jubi – The families of the victims of Mimika murder and mutilation consider the Military Prosecutor's demand that four soldiers of the Raider 20/Ima Jaya Keramo Infantry Brigade be sentenced to life imprisonment is appropriate.
One of the family members, Aptoro Lokbere, appreciated the steps taken by military prosecutor Col. Chk Yunus Ginting who charged First Pvt. Rahmat Amin Sese, First Pvt. Risky Oktav Mukiawan, First Pvt. Robertus Putra Clinsman, and Chief Pvt. Pargo Rumbouw with life imprisonment. He hopes that the panel of judges led by chief judge Col. Chk Rudy Dwi Prakamto with member judges Lt. Col. Chk Slamet Widodo and Lt. Col. Chk Arie Fitriansyah will impose the same sentence as the charges.
"We appreciate the prosecutor who has seen us, the community and the families of the victims. At least, our wounds can be healed a little because the charges given are appropriate," Lokbere said on Monday, February 6, 2023, after attending the reading of the charges that took place at the Military Court III-19 Jayapura.
The four soldiers were defendants in the murder and mutilation of four Nduga residents that occurred in Settlement Unit 1, Mimika Baru District, Mimika Regency on August 22, 2022. The four victims were Arnold Lokbere, Irian Nirigi, Lemaniel Nirigi, and Atis Tini.
On December 12, 2022, the defendants were charged with joint premeditated murder.
During the trial on Monday, the prosecutor asked the panel of judges to find the four defendants guilty of joint premeditated murder. He also asked the panel of judges to find the four defendants guilty of burying, hiding, carrying away or removing dead bodies with the intention of concealing the deaths of their four victims.
Lawyer to the victim's families Gustaf R Kawer said that the prosecutor's charges were in accordance with the facts of the trial. "The charges are in accordance with the facts and chronology presented by the four defendants, both from the planning to the end, which are all proven," he said. (*)