Kimanus and Linus forced to use plastic bottles for toilet at Nabire police station

12 Nov 2014
Kimanus and Linus forced to use plastic bottles for toilet at Nabire police station
By: 
Democracy Alliance for Papua, ALDP

Jayapura - Linus Hiluka and Kimanus Wenda are political prisoners serving 20 year prison sentences for the ammunition store raid in Wamena in 2003 and are serving their sentences at Nabire prison. However, since 8 November 2014 they have been moved to the holding cell of Nabire police station.

“According to Linus, initially this happened because Kimanus was not given permission to leave the prison to send money to his family in Wamena,” explained Anum Siregar, relaying the information from her client Linus. (12/11//2014).

Kimanus and Linus, who have already entered the ‘assimilation’ period of their sentences, have several times been given work outside of the prison, so they are able to save money which they usually send to their families.  

“Apparently, because he didn’t get permission, Kimanus, who was working in the kitchen at the time,  split a piece of wood with an axe and chased the guard, frightening him,” said Anum.

According to the explanation of her client, during these last days at Nabire police station they have been treated inhumanely.  

“According to them, they have been placed in a special cell and refused permission to leave. Their door is only opened for the guard to give them food.”

“Even worse, they are not given permission to use the toilet, the guard just gives them a plastic bottle. This shows just how worrying the conditions are in police holding cells,” she emphasized. (Team/AlDP).