Present condition of Uncen Rector's office

Present condition of Uncen Rector's office

The burnt out building of the office of the rector of Cenderawasih University (shown in a photograph published with the article) located in the Waena district of Jayapura is still cordoned off by the police. The building was set on fire by a group of armed men shortly before the election on 9 April. The incident was the focus of attention for army and intel authorities at the time, who believe that the intention was to undermine the election.

The chief of police in West Papua, Inspector-General Bagus Ekodanto, told Papua Pos that they were still trying to identify the perpetrators of the crime. As yet, no arrests have been made but the chief of police said that they suspected that a person identified only with the initials SH was responsible. Investigations suggest that the ten people were involved in setting the building alight and they had probably used molotov bombs.

The police chief also said that although they had drawn up a list of possible perpetrations of the crime, they had not yet been able to determine who might have masterminded the crime.