18 Sep 2006

Papuans jailed over roles in March violence to appeal

7:58 pm on 18 September 2006

One of the lawyers for a group of Papuan students jailed over deadly protests against a US-run mine in Indonesia's Papua province in March this year says they will appeal their sentences.

Five more of the 23 Papuans have been sentenced for four to five years jail over clashes between security forces and hundreds of protesters in Jayapura on March 16th.

Six people, including five security officers, were left dead after the demonstration.

The latest five to be sentenced were found guilty on charges of "disobeying orders and causing injury or deathe to security officers".

Sixteen other Papuans have already been sentenced from five to fifteen years each for their roles in the bloodshed.

One of the legal team representing the Papuans, Ecoline Situmorang, says they were not involved in injuring or killing the officers.

"They want to appeal because it's not fair, they don't kill, because they were just in the accident, they just watched, they didn't kill the police."