Army commences questioning over Papua military riot

Army commences questioning over Papua military riot

The Jakarta Post [web site]

Cendrawasih Papua Military Police has begun questioning soldiers
of Sentani army base in Jayapura, Papua, who were involved in a
violent protest on Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Susilo, chief spokesman of Papua Military Command, told
Antara on Friday that the military police had questioned most of
the soldiers from the base's E Company.

"The questioning started yesterday, and today we will continue,"
Susilo said.

Three commanding officers of Battalion 751, who were stripped of
their posts following the incident, would also be questioned.

Violence erupted on Wednesday as Battalion 751 Sentani soldiers
protested an alleged embezzlement of money from their salaries
by their commanding officer, Lt. Col. Lambok Sihotang, [not
Labok Sihotang as previously reported].

The riot had broken out during celebrations held to mark West
Papua's integration into Indonesia.

The 167 soldiers demanded that their commander, Sihotang, be
held responsible for taking money from soldiers pay for the
funeral of Priv. Joko.

They had demanded to meet the Army's chief of staff but their
request was not granted. In protest, the soldiers began
destroying buildings within the base. They also attacked several
journalist who were reporting on the celebrations. (dre)