1 Nov 2011

Calls for an investigation into Papua police accepting money from US miner

9:07 am on 1 November 2011

There are calls in Indonesia's Papua province for a probe into the recent admission by police that they were paid money by mining giant Freeport Indonesia.

Police in Indonesia say they accepted millions of dollars from the US company to provide security for the miner's operations in Papua.

The national police chief General Timur Pradopo told the Jakarta Globe that the money has been accounted for, describing the payments as lunch money.

But there are now demands for an investigation into where that money went, and what exactly the miner was buying.

Abdul Hamim Jauzie, chairman of Legal Aid Justice, says it's inappropriate for the police to receive money from the company.

Golkar Party lawmaker Bambang Soesatyo, who is a member of House of Representatives Commission III on legal affairs, says he will ask the House to question the police chief about the matter.

Neta Pane, the head of Indonesia Police Watch, says its was calling on the Corruption Eradication Commission to investigate the fund and its uses.

The admission by police comes as the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence accuses the police of siding with Freeport in a strike by thousands of workers, now in its seventh week.