Papua Police Chief: Youth Killed from Traffic Accident Wounds


Jayapua, Papua- Indonesia (1/7). The Papua Police Chief, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw denies  earlier media reports that a young man was shot dead by the police.

Answering a question by the media, the police chief said that the claim that the victim was shot was made by Agus Kosay, a member of the West Papua National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) during his lecture at the Cendrawasih University, attended by almost 1000 students.

Contrary to reports, the incident in question took place on Monday, 27 June 2016 at 19.00 Central Indonesian Time when a speeding motorcyclist on Merdeka Road crashed into a monument in front of the Nabire Regent’s office.

The rider has been identified as Oen Pekey, a 20 year old student at YPPGI senior high school. He was killed when he fell off his motorcycle at high speed and was later pronounced dead at the Nabire Regency hospital.

The accident was witnessed by two police officers present at the scene, BH Tampubolon and Zainuddin. According to the police report, the victim was not wearing a helmet when he lost control and fell off his vehicle. The victim has been retrieved by his family and taken to a funeral home in Karang Mulia Village, Nabire.

The police chief has promised to give a more detailed explanation as soon as more data and facts from the field become available. Furthermore, he made it clear that anyone deliberately spreading disinformation to the public will be held accountable.

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