6 May 2019

Papuan rebels protest proposed death penalty sentence

1:45 pm on 6 May 2019

A rebel group in Indonesia-ruled West Papua is protesting calls for one of its members to face the death penalty.

Indonesian prosecutors on Friday demanded the sentence for Yogor Telenggen, a West Papua Liberation Army fighter charged with premeditated murder.

Telenggen is serving a life sentence, but escaped in January 2016, only to be recaptured in May last year, according to the Liberation Army.

He faces fresh charges over a shooting in Feburary last year in the Papua central highlands regency of Puncak.

A Liberation Army spokesperson Sebby Sambom said the charges were unfair because Telenggen was fighting in a war against the Indonesian state.

Mr Sambom said if Telenggen gets the death sentence, the Liberation Army will retaliate.

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