Discovery of Michelle Kurisi Ndoga’s body sparks investigation amidst speculation of TPNPB involvement

Michelle Kurisi
Deputy Chief of Papua Regional Police Brigadier General Ramdani Hidayat in Jayapura City, Thursday (24/8/2023).- Jubi/Alexander Loen

Jayapura, Jubi – On Thursday, August 31, 2023, security forces located Michelle Kurisi Ndoga’s lifeless body in Kolawa District, Lanny Jaya Regency, Mountainous Papua Province. Brig. Gen. Ramdani Hidayat, deputy of the Papua Police, disclosed this information in Jayapura City.

Michelle Kurisi Ndoga, a local resident, had been killed by a group suspected to be associated with the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB). The incident garnered significant public attention due to the circulation of a video showing Michelle Kurisi Ndoga undergoing interrogation.

Ramdani mentioned that the security forces who discovered the body did not find any evidence of the culprits at the scene. The police have refrained from confirming whether TPNPB was indeed responsible for Ndoga’s death.

“It is still uncertain whether the perpetrators were affiliated with TPNPB or not. What we can confirm is that the security forces transported Ndoga’s body to Wamena Regional General Hospital,” Ramdani stated on Thursday.

The murder case came under intense scrutiny after a video related to the murder circulated widely on Tuesday. Sebby Sambom, the TPNPB spokesperson, claimed his party was responsible for Michelle Kurisi Ndoga’s death.

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