EnglishNot Involved in Violence Case, Peni Petrus Pekei Should Be Freed

Not Involved in Violence Case, Peni Petrus Pekei Should Be Freed

­­JAYAPURA, SUARAPAPUA.com — The arrest of Peni Petrus Pekei by the Dogiyai Regional Police and the Cartenz Peace Operation Task Force on Friday (17/5/2024) near the Mount Ekaugi, Madi, East Paniai district, Paniai regency, Central Papua, was criticized by the West Papua National Liberation Army og Free West Papua Organization (TPNPB-OPM) Kodap IV Paniai.

Otto Jimmi Magai Yogi, head of the TPNPB OPM Kodap IV Paniai Army based in Dokoge, stated that Peni Petrus Pekei had never been involved in cases of violence and unlawfulness that had an impact on threatening the sovereignty of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

In a video recording sent to the media, on Monday’s night  (20/5/2024), Otto emphasized that the accusations of the Papua Police through the Cartenz Peace Task Force against Peni Petrus Pekei had actually been borne by Otto Jimmi Magai Yogi and his colleagues Damianus Magai Yogi and Aloysius Kayame at the Papua Regional Police and the Nabire Penitentiary (Lapas) from 2016 to August 2017.

“The allegation against Peni Pekei of confiscating Nikolas Worabay’s firearm in Wotai village, Yatamo district is not true. Because at that time the gun was immediately returned to the Papua Regional Police through the Paniai Regional Police. So, now the police are looking for what other problems?,” he questioned.

Otto said they were teenagers after their leader Leo Magai Yogi was shot by joint military forces in Nabire in 2014. Leo Magai Yogi’s guilt has been redeemed by his party after being arrested in Jayapura and serving a criminal sentence in prison.

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“The main perpetrator is the late Leo Magai Yogi and over that case including me along with Damianus Magai Yogi and Aloysius Kayame were victims of arrest by the Papua Regional Police in Jayapura. So, we have served criminal sentences in the Papua Regional Police and the Nabire District Court. Then, the gun was also returned to the Papua Regional Police through the Paniai Regional Police. The perpetrator is Leo Magai Yogi who was shot by police in Nabire in 2014, and until now his body have not been found,” Otto said.

It is asserted that all the allegations from the police against Peni Petrus Pekei are not based on facts, just subterfuge to make the chaotic situation that has been quite safe.

“All the allegations against Peni Pekei are not true, because we have served a criminal sentence in Nabire Prison from 2016 to August 2017,” he said.

Otto also denied allegations that Peni Pekei was involved in the shooting of Danramil Aradide. The accusation is not true because it is not included in the group of perpetrators.

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“Peni Petrus Pekei being accused of being the perpetrator of the murder of Danramil Komopa is not true. We ask the Papua Police Chief to immediately return Peni Pekei to Paniai unconditionally,” Otto said.

He continued, “Because starting from 2015 to 2024 we in the Meepago region, especially Paniai, Deiyai, Dogiyai and Nabire are still safe. Therefore, Peni Pekei must be released unconditionally.”

Otto stated that the security forces should never be linked to the shooting contact case in Bibida district on May 1, 2024, because Peni Pekei was not involved at all.

“The incident of shooting contact between TPNPB OPM and TNI in Bibida district on May 1, 2024 also Peni Pekei was not involved,” Yogi said.

His party made a shooting contact because TNI members entered remote areas, frightening local residents, especially the TNI entering fully equipped. Many people fled because they were afraid to see members of the army enter the villages as if war was going on.

“At that time the TNI entered with an unclear purpose, almost three times it was done, so we exchanged fire,” he said.

Otto also wondered because since 2015 until the time of the arrest he had never seen a letter or information about Peni Pekei being on the wanted list (DPO) of the Papua Regional Police, but his letter was only published after being arrested by the Cartenz Peace Task Force.

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“We convey to those who arrested Peni Petrus Pekei, namely the Dogiyai Regional Police and the Cartenz Peace Task Force, that they must make it clear that they were arrested in what case, entered the DPO on what date, month and year? If you expect it, don’t provoke or heat up Paniai’s safe situation so far. Because Paniai is much safer. We ask that Peni Pekei be released immediately because he is not involved in any case of violence,” Otto said.

The arrest of Peni pekei which also known as Petrus Pekei according to AKBP Faizal Ramadhani, head of operations of the Cartenz Peace Task Force, was carried out based on police report number LP/01/K/II/2015/PAPUA/RES PANIAI dated February 1, 2015 and DPO number DPO/36/XI/2016/DITRESKRIMUM dated November 11, 2016.

“Peni Pekei was arrested in connection with the criminal acts of extortion, threats, violent theft, and illegal possession of firearms committed on January 31, 2015 in Wotai village, Yatamo district, Paniai, with the victim being Nicolas Worabay,” Faizal said in a written statement.

According to AKBP Bayu Suseno, Head of Public Relations for Cartenz Peace Operation 2024, Peni Pekei has an important position as the commander of TPNPB OPM general operations at the Dokoge Paniai headquarters.


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