22 Oct 2014

Prosecution witnesses testify in Papua journalists' trial

4:43 pm on 22 October 2014

Witnesses for the prosecution in the trial of two French journalists in Indonesia's Papua province say they never saw them conducting journalistic activities.

The Jakarta Post reports the Jayapura District Court heard from a chieftain of a Wamena tribe who said the pair visited his house in early August accompanied by two locals.

The paper reports he said he didn't know the purpose of the visit and they did not conduct an interview or take photos.

The witness says one of the locals asked him to explain the latest development in the security situation in Lanny Jaya and he admitted he had received short messages on shooting incidents in the area.

Two other witnesses who are Jayapura immigration officers said they knew the suspects were foreign journalists only from the press cards they both had.

Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois are on trial for abusing their entry visas.

They have been held since mid August and their trial began on Monday.