Indonesia: Soldiers on trial for supporting armed groups

Indonesia: Soldiers on trial for supporting armed groups

JAYAPURA, Indonesia - Three Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers at Cenderawasih Military Command are on trial charged with providing ammunition to armed civilian groups in remote Papua.

The trials of Second Sergeant Martinus Jikwa, village supervisory non-commissioned officer (Babinsa) at Lanny Jaya Military Command, Second Sergeant Arsyad Wagab, and Babinsa member at Kurima Military Command First Private Darius Kogoya were heard separately by the Jayapura military tribunal on Monday.

Military prosecutor Maj. Agung, said the three defendants had supplied ammunition to armed civilian groups and charged them with violating Emergency Law No. 12/1951 on firearms.

The trial was adjourned to March 5 to hear witness testimonies, such as that of former policeman First Brig. Tanggap Jikwa.

The involvement of TNI troops in the supply of ammunition to armed civilian groups was uncovered after the police were able to arrest Tanggap Jikwa, who was stationed at Nduga Police station, on Oct. 26, 2014, in Wamena.

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