8 Nov 2006

Papua activist sentenced to 20 years for murder of two American teachers

10:47 am on 8 November 2006

Antonius Wamang, the man who has been found guilty of orchestrating the killings of two American teachers at a U.S.-owned gold mine in Indonesia's Papua province, has been sentenced to life in prison.

The judge in the Central Jakarta District Court said Wamang deserved life behind bars instead of the 20 years demanded by prosecutors because he planned the ambush.

Prosecutors had claimed seven men - all indigenous Papuans - were members of a small rebel army fighting for a separate state in the resource-rich province.

Verdicts for the other six men are expected later today.

The defendants have remained silent throughout the course of their five-month trial.