27 Jun 2006

Two Americans questioned in Papua after meeting with separatist group

6:34 pm on 27 June 2006

Indonesian immigration officials have questioned two US citizens in Papua province today for allegedly violating their visas by attending a meeting of separatist sympathisers.

The two were travelling on tourist visas, but the chief of Papua's immigration of office, Giri Haryanto, says they were being questioned because they attended a meeting of the Papuan Tribal Council.

The council peacefully campaigns for Indonesia's easternmost province to become an independent country.

Giri Haryanto, chief of Papua's immigration office, says the two men, who he did not identify, would be flown to Jakarta later today, if a flight was available, for further questioning by national immigration officials.