28 Aug 2014

Missing West Papua leader Yohame found dead

3:16 pm on 28 August 2014

Reports from West Papua say the body of a senior separatist leader, Martinus Yohame, has been found - six days after he was allegedly abducted in the Indonesian province.

The Tabloid Jubi newspaper says fishermen found a floating sack near Nana island with Mr Yohame's body inside.

His arms and legs were reportedly tied and he had bullet wounds.

Mr Yohame, who was the chair of the Greater Sorong area branch of the West Papua National Committee, had spoken out against last week's visit to the area by the outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Mr Yohame was also opposed to illegal logging in the area.

The West Papua National Committee says West Papua should have the right to self-determination.

The only country to support this stance is Vanuatu.