World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


West Papua: Villager dies in police custody

Further details of the police brutality that resulted in the death of Roni, a man from Sanggase Village, Merauke Regency, after he was arrested on New Year’s Eve:

31st December (evening) The victim and residents of Sanggase were holding a New Year’s Eve party with music and alcohol, when an alcohol-influenced quarrel broke out between the victim and the DJ. Others stepped in and calmed the situation down.

1st January 2014 (morning) The victim was still angry with the DJ and several other people. He hit someone with a coconut branch, at which point a fight broke out, involving several people.

Police arrived on the scene and arrested five people who they brought to the Okaba police station. Once at the station they were struck and whipped with rope that had been wound around itself.

Afterwards, the victim was brought into a room and was heard to scream, thought to be because he was being tortured by a police officer named Markus or Max and one of Astra’s security guards, named Andre Paat.

People outside the room could only hear the victim groaning in pain, until later no more sound could be heard.

Night of January 1st.

The arrested villagers spent the night in separate rooms, four people were placed in one room and the victim in another.

2nd January When the four others woke up they couldn’t hear their friend’s voice, so they looked into the room where he was being held and saw that he was not moving. They reported this to the guard and they were asked to bring their friend to the Okaba hospital.

The officials at the hospital examined the victim and pronounced that he had died before arriving at the hospital. As they were bringing the victim back to the police station, the local priest (Beni Marko) told them otherwise, that they should just bring the victim back to his village using a district official’s vehicle.

3rd January The victim was buried in Sanggase Village.

This is an update on previous news about this incident, which can be read here.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news