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Cablegate: Timika Trial: Witness Snafu Causes Delay

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FBI PLS PASS CTD/ITOS I, CTD/ITOS II, GOU
SECSTATE FOR EAP/MTS, 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 TRIAL: WITNESS SNAFU CAUSES DELAY

REF: JAKARTA 11845 (TNI PERSONNEL TESTIFY)

1. (SBU) On September 26, the trial of suspects charged in
the 2002 murder of two Americans and one Indonesian near
Timika, Papua, resumed. It emerged that there was either a
misunderstanding or a disagreement between the prosecution
and defense teams about the order of the day's testimony.
The prosecution intended to call three Indonesian victim
witnesses, drivers working for Freeport who had been present
during the ambush. However, because of logistical
difficulties involved in locating them and bringing them to
Jakarta, the prosecution could not produce these witnesses
until September 29. The prosecution suggested the day's
session be used instead for defense witnesses. The defense
team objected to this, saying their witnesses were not ready,
and should not appear in any case until all victim witnesses
had testified. The judge then adjourned the trial until
September 29, instructing both the defense and the
prosecution to have witnesses prepared to testify at that
time. Ms. Patsy Spier attended the session as usual.

2. (SBU) There was also some discussion of the health of the
defendant Hardi Sugimol, who, according to prosecutors, was
recovering from an illness and therefore not present. They
produced a letter from a doctor to this effect. This
statement was contested by the defense, who claimed that
Sugimol was sick but was not recovering because he had not
received proper medical attention. The defense demanded to
see the doctor's letter. In all, these proceedings took
about an hour.

3. (SBU) Papuans attending the trial demonstrated loudly both
before and during today's session. In the courtroom, they
sang, chanted and ranted against the court, calling for the
removal of the judge and promising to return in greater
numbers on Friday. The prosecution advised us afterwards to
take extra precautions for Ms. Spier when she attends the
next session. We are taking the necessary steps.
HEFFERN

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