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Cablegate: Timika Case: Prosecution Dossiers Completed, Sent

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FBI PLS PASS CTD/CAO - UC MONTOOTH
SECSTATE FOR DS/DSS, DS/IP/EAP, DS/EAP/ITA, AND CA/OCS/ACS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV ASEC CASC KJUS PHUM ID
SUBJECT: TIMIKA CASE: PROSECUTION DOSSIERS COMPLETED, SENT
TO COURT

REF: JAKARTA 7556 (TIMIKA TRIAL LIKELY IN MID-JULY)

1. (U) Summary. Indonesian prosecutors June 21 turned over
the dossiers of Anthonious Wamang and six co-conspirators in
the August 31, 2002 murders of two Amcits and one Indonesian
to the Central Jakarta District Court. We expect the court
within ten days to set a trial date and appoint a panel of
judges. The judges will likely preside over the two
concurrently-held trials of both Wamang, who is charged with
premeditated murder, and his six co-conspirators, who face
separate, lesser charges. End summary.

2. (U) Further to reftel, Poloff and Legatt met June 15 with
Anita Asterida, the attorney heading the sub-team that will
head the prosecution of Anthonious Wamang, who faces charges
including premeditated murder in connection with the August
31, 2002 shootings of two Amcits and one Indonesian near
Timika, Papua.

3. (SBU) Ms. Asterida anticipated that the trial will begin
in mid-July, which tracks with the time frame provided us by
Deputy Director for Prosecution Domu Sihite (reftel). Ms.
Asterida was particularly concerned with the willingness of
Amcit victim witnesses to testify. She said that to lend
maximum credibility to the prosecution's case, at least two
victim witnesses should appear in person, as opposed to
merely providing sworn statements. We assured her that the
USG has resources to facilitate their appearance. She in
turn said that the prosecution would work with the judges to
ensure the victim witnesses' court appearances would not be
excessively time-consuming or otherwise onerous.

4. (SBU) Ms. Asterida said that the Wamang prosecution team
would have ten members. Since some members have other
responsibilities, this relatively large number will ensure
that the prosecution will have strong coverage throughout the
trial, which is expected to last two to three months.

5. (SBU) Ms. Asterida later confirmed that, as anticipated,
the prosecution turned the two separate dossiers for
Anthonious Wamang and his co-conspirators to Central Jakarta
District Court on June 22. In a June 23 conversation with
poloff, Ms. Asterida said she expected the court to set a
trial date and appoint a panel of judges within a week to ten
days. Although two cases technically exist -- that of
Anthonious Wamang and that of his six co-conspirators -- the
court will handle the two cases together, and the same panel
of judges will preside at both trials, which will run
concurrently, Ms. Asterida told us.

6. (U) We will immediately inform addressees when the actual
trial dates are set.
AMSELEM

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