Police and National Army Personnel Arrest Two Arms Dealer in Papua

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Joint personnel of the Indonesian National Army and the National Police managed to foil an arms trade involving the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) at Iwot Traditional Port in Boven Digoel, South Papua on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

    The joint personnel arrested two suspects while the remaining three managed to escape

    Chief of Boven Digoel Resort Police Adj. Great Commissioner I Komang Budhiarta said that the two arrested perpetrators were identified as AH (20 y.o.) and MK (22 y.o.). The Police confiscated four rifles, 18 12 GS caliber ammunition, and Rp3.8 million in cash.

    “The arrest was intentional because initially the officers were responding to reports of disturbance caused by drunk people at the Iwot Traditional Port, on Wednesday morning around 09:00 Eastern Indonesia Time,” Komang said on Friday, January 20, 2023.

    Komang said that the police responded to the report, but later found five suspicious persons, which were immediately halted by the officers.

    When the officers were about to conduct an examination, three of them fled and the other two were successfully apprehended.

    “The two persons were then transported to Boven Digoel Resort Police to be examined and has been determined as suspects for illegal possession of firearms,” Komang added.

    Komang explained that the two suspects are charged with Article 1 paragraph (1) of Emergency Law Np. 12 of 1951 in conjunction with Article 55 of the Criminal Code with subject to capital punishment, lifetime imprisonment, or 20 years of imprisonment.

    “We call on the people to remain calm because officers remained solid in maintaining security in Boven Digoel Regency. It is true that the border area is wide and there are many access points to Papua New Guinea, we, therefore, requested for the Regional Government support,” Komang concluded.


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