Families of mutilation victims hope four soldiers be given maximum punishment

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Director of PAHAM Papua, Gustaf R Kawer. - Jubi/Alexander Loen

Jayapura, Jubi – The Military Court III-19 Jayapura will hold a hearing on February 6, 2023 to read the charges for four soldiers of the 20/Ima Jaya Keramo Raider Infantry Brigade who are defendants in the Mimika murder and mutilation case. The victims’ families hope that the Military Prosecutor will charge them with the maximum penalty. This was stated by the families’ legal council Gustaf Kawer on Saturday, January 28, 2023.

The four soldier defendants are First Pvt. Rahmat Amin Sese, First Pvt. Risky Oktaf Muliawan, First Pvt. Robertus Putra Clinsman, and Chief Pvt. Pargo Rumbouw. According to Kawer, the four of them gave inconsistent testimony but clearly showed the planning of the murder.

“From all witness testimonies, there was a murder plan. So, the element of premeditated murder is proven. We hope that the prosecutor can charge the four defendants with the maximum sentence,” Kawer said.

The murder and mutilation of four Nduga residents occurred in Settlement Unit 1, Mimika Baru District, Mimika Regency on August 22, 2022. The victims were Arnold Lokbere, Irian Nirigi, Lemaniel Nirigi, and Atis Tini.

Another soldier defendant, Maj. Inf Helmanto Fransiskus Dakhi, was already sentenced by the same court to life imprisonment and dismissal from the Army.

Kawer stated that the offense of premeditated murder jointly regulated in Article 340 jo Article 55 paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code had a clear penalty, namely death penalty, life imprisonment, and a maximum imprisonment of 20 years.

“We hope that when the charges are read out, the prosecutor will demand the maximum sentence according to the article,” he said. (*)

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