1 Apr 2010

Four men in Papua court for raising banned flag

1:14 pm on 1 April 2010

Reports from the Indonesian province of Papua say four men have gone on trial in Jayapura in connection with an event last

May when the banned Morning Star separatist flag was unfurled.

According to the Bintang Papua newspaper, the incident, which the Indonesian authorities regard as an act of rebellion punishable with jail time, happened at Kapeso airfield.

Their lawyer says the charges are based on the testimony of a man claiming to have seen the four run away.

However, other witnesses say they were not present.

The defence has told the court there was no convincing evidence against the four and therefore they should be acquitted.