Alleged mily involvement in Freeport shooting needs investigation

Alleged mily involvement in Freeport shooting needs investigation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - An alleged involvement of military personnel in the PT Freeport shootings that had claimed three lives needs more intensive investigation, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said here last night.
"We have yet to know the perpetrators of the attack, whether they are of the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM), military personnel, or others. Therefore we need to have results of an investigation into the case and further information," Juwono said.

The defense minister made the statement after attending a book launching by former Navy Chief of Staff retired Admiral Sumardjono here on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial) External Affairs Director Poengky said recently that military personnel was allegedly behind the shootings in PT Freeport area in Papua because the strength of the separatist Free Papua Movement has diminished with time.

"The perpetrators in such a professional shooting are certainly well-trained and have now more capabilities, like military personnel," Poengky said.

Since Saturday (July 11), three persons, including one worker of the US gold and copper mining company PT Freeport, had been killed in Papua.

Drew Nicholas Grant, an Australian national who worked for PT Freeport, was shot dead by unknown people at Mile-53 on Saturday (July 11). Drew Grant was shot in the chest and neck.

On Sunday (July 12), there were two armed attacks respectively a Mile 51 and Mile 2, which killed Markus Rante Allo, a security guard of PT Freeport.

On Monday (July 13), Brigadier I Marson, a Papua police officer, was found dead at mile 52 road connecting Timika and Tembagapura, Mimika District, Papua Province, after reportedly gone missing earlier.

But a Papua affairs observer from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Adriana Elisabeth, said here on Tuesday that she doubted the police would be able to solve the PT Freeport shooting incidents.

"I doubt that the police will be able to find the perpetrators of the deadly attack in the PT Freeport area in Mimika district, Papua, on Saturday and Sunday," Elisabeth said.

She said the perpetrators of various previous acts of violence in Papua had never been found because the conflict-prone region in Indonesia`s easternmost province was a very difficult terrain.

"It is impossible the police will find the identity of the parties involved in the shootings because if the police managed to do this, it may lead to further conflicts," she said.(*