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Court finds activists guilty of treason for holding Papuan self-determination protest

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first_imgArina was found guilty of waving the banned Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag, which has come to symbolize the Papuan independence movement. She also danced and sang a song with the lyrics, “We are not red and white [the colors of the Indonesian flag],” during the protest on Aug. 28 last year.The bench also found Dano guilty of treason in the form of a speech at the same protest, where he demanded that the government immediately hold a Papuan independence referendum.Arina and Dano will only serve one month in prison as the bench decided to cut their sentence given that they served a period of detention during the investigation, which started in September last year.The remaining activists were found guilty of attending the protest and voicing their opinions over demanding the independence referendum for Papuans.The defendants’ lawyer, Oky Wiratama, said she was disappointed with the verdicts and questioned the process. “[The verdict stated that] treasonous acts have pros and cons in addition to containing political substance, so the treason charges can be misused by the government to oppress its citizens.”“If the judges were in doubt, I think the best way to resolve the case would have been to not impose a prison sentence for the defendants. They should be free of charges,” Oky told The Jakarta Post after the trial.She added her team would deliberate the case for seven days before deciding whether to appeal.Read also: All you need to know about the movement for Papuan self-determinationAmnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid echoed Oky, saying the treason charges might have been misused by the government against individuals who should never have been arrested or detained in the first place.“The six who were sentenced today did nothing but attend a peaceful protest, enjoying their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. It is appalling that they had been in detention since August 2019, awaiting a verdict on such blatantly abusive charges,” Usman said in a statement.He urged the government to immediately release the activists.Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were rights protected under international law and the Constitution, Usman added.“No one should ever have to suffer this treatment for peacefully attending a protest, and it is high time that Indonesia stops criminalizing Papuans under treason provisions.”Topics : Judges said during the session that all defendants had violated Article 110 in relation to Article 106 of the Criminal Code Law (KUHP) for conspiring to promote secession. “All defendants are found guilty of a collective act of treason,” presiding judge Agustinus Setyo Wahyu read the verdict during the session.The sentence is lower than the one year and five months in prison demanded by prosecutors.Read also: Activists say protest supporting Papua not act of treason A panel of judges at the Central Jakarta District Court have found six activists guilty of committing treasonous acts for holding a protest in support of Papuan independence in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta in last August.The bench handed prison sentences to the activists – Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson Surya Anta and students Charles Kossay, Deno Tabuni, Isay Wenda, Ambrosius Mulait and Arina Elopere – during a virtual verdict hearing on Friday afternoon.All activists were handed a nine-month prison sentence, except for Isay who was punished with eight months’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Donahue lends hope in diverse SU scoring effort despite loss to Albany

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first_img Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:46 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories OPENING DAZE: No. 12 Syracuse drops season opener to Albany in double overtimeMarasco scores 3 goals, finishes with career-high 8 points in loss to AlbanyThompson trio torments Syracuse defense in Orange’s loss to Albany After a severely disappointing opening day for Syracuse, two of the Orange’s brightest stars sat silently, staring blankly at a room of reporters, then down at their phones, hardly looking forward to recounting a 16-15 double-overtime loss.JoJo Marasco, Brian Megill and the rest of the Orange had little to smile about Sunday evening, but a breakout hat trick from redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue is encouraging to head coach John Desko and SU fans. Donahue scored his three goals in a six-minute span at the end of the game, leading a final game-tying surge that ended with 2:52 remaining in regulation.“He’s really good off the ball, and especially when we got in that flow, I think they lost a little bit inside when he was able to catch it and finish it,” Desko said.Syracuse was a little surprised by the quality of Albany’s defense. The Orange knew to expect firepower from the attacking trio of Miles, Lyle and Ty Thompson, but figured the Great Danes would be vulnerable in the back.Desko expected Albany would close off last year’s leading scorer, Derek Maltz, so Donahue’s performance was as planned as any hat trick debut can be.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlbany couldn’t afford to slide off of the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Maltz, leaving Donahue to sweep in for quick finishes.“He’s a very smart player and he knows where to be at the right time,” Desko said.Down 15-13 with less than five minutes left in the fourth, Donahue needed to be on the crease. He cut behind the goal to Kevin Rice, who flipped him the ball before Donahue curled around the left of Blaze Riorden’s cage and finished to the goaltender’s right.Almost 90 seconds later, he closed in on goal as he met a pass from Marasco to even the score at 15-15.Though the Orange ultimately fell in double overtime and Donahue never got a shot off, the redshirt freshman’s performance in a diverse attack is a positive for SU as it looks to rebound from the upset.“When there’s seven guys scoring, it really opens it up for everyone else,” Marasco said. “We got the crease and they got to push out because they know we can shoot. … Going from here it’s going to be good to see what we can do.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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