Indonesian military to fire soldiers for selling ammunition

Indonesian military to fire soldiers for selling ammunition

JAYAPURA - Two Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers from the Cenderawasih Military Command, believed to have sold ammunition to an armed civilian group, are at risk of being dismissed from their units for betrayal of their units and the country.

"Both are regarded as betrayers of the country as they are believed to be involved in the sale of ammunition to an armed civilian group. Both of them will be legally processed at the Military Tribunal and then dismissed," said Cenderawasih Military Command chief spokesman Col. Rikas Hidayatullah in Jayapura on Friday.

The men have been identified as Urbanus Wenda, who is entering retirement, and active TNI member Arsyad Wagab. B

oth are believed to be members of an ammunition-selling gang involving policeman Tanggam Jikwa, who had undergone a code of ethics hearing earlier and been dismissed from the police force.

The soldiers' involvement in the case was disclosed after a special team from the Papua Police headquarters arrested Tanggam, together with Rambo Tolikara, Rambo Wenda and three other members of an armed civilian group in Wamena, Jayawijaya, Papua, on Oct. 28.

During the arrest, police found evidence in the form of two ammunition magazines and 29 bullets of 7.62 caliber, believed to be owned by the two soldiers.

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