Families question arbitrary arrests

Families question arbitrary arrests

The Jakarta Post,
Markus Makur
The families of two Papuan tribal leaders lamented the arrest of Yonas Uamang, 60, and Victor Beanal, 60, which they said violated police procedures and human rights.

Atina Uamang said Tuesday dozens of police officers broke into her house in Kwamki Baru subdistrict, Mimika regency, on Monday and took her father-in-law Victor, the leader of the Tsinga tribe, without an arrest warrant.

She said the police, who wore black uniforms, threatened her father-in-law at gunpoint as he resisted the arrest.

“About 20 police officers besieged my house, smashed my father’s bedroom’s door and arrested him without saying anything. He protested but the police ignored his complaint,” Atina said through her interpreter Thomas Wanmang.

Atina said her father, Yonas, the Hoya tribe leader, underwent the same treatment as he was raided at his home that Monday night.

Atina’s husband, Demianus Beanal, said the police also took away Rp 700,000 in cash belonging to the local church, along with his father’s farming and hunting equipment.

“I don’t understand why my father and father-in-law were arrested without arrest warrants and any evidence. They are just old men who may not live much longer,” Demianus said.