Papua Police to investigate shooting of residents during Lukas Enembe arrest

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Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General Mathius D Fakhiri - Jubi/Dok

Jayapura, Jubi – As many as 19 people were detained by the police for attacking security forces in front of the Mobile Brigade Headquarters and Sentani Airport area when the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Papua Governor Lukas Enembe for alleged graft charges on Tuesday. January 10, 2023.

Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Mathias D. Fakhiri said of the 19 people secured, one person died, 16 people detained at Jayapura Regency Police Station, and two people at Jayapura City Police Station.

“The clash between police and sympathizers of Governor Lukas Enembe occurred after the KPK and the Governor had left. One person died of a gunshot wound, while 16 others underwent medical treatment for injuries,” Fakhiri said in Jayapura City on Wednesday.

Given the death toll, Fakhiri has ordered the head of Internal Affair Division and director of Criminal Investigation of the Papua Police to immediately investigate the actions taken by members of the police, especially in Sentani whether according to procedures or not.

“I ask for the report today. If there is indeed a wrong handling, I ensure there will be law enforcement against members who do not comply with the standard operating procedures,” he said.

To keep Papua conducive, Fakhiri asked his staff to approach families, religious leaders, community leaders, and traditional leaders so that the arrest of Governor Lukas Enembe would not start a fuss.

“I urge all parties not to spread hoaxes or information that does not match the facts,” he said.

Fakhiri said that Lukas Enembe was a statesman who obeyed and complied with the legal process. “Let us provide moral support so that the legal process runs as it is,” he continued.

“Clearly, the KPK will always pay attention to the humanitarian side, therefore, please do not add further unfounded assumptions,” he said. (*)

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