9 May 2019

Polish tourist jailed in Indonesia's West Papua files appeal

2:57 pm on 9 May 2019

A Polish tourist in Indonesia jailed for five years after meeting West Papuan rebels has filed an appeal of his sentence.

Jakub Skrzypski (L) and Papuan student Simon Magal given jail sentences in court.

Jakub Skrzypski (L) and Papuan student Simon Magal in court Photo: Supplied

Jakub Skrzypski was sentenced last Thursday on treason charges for plotting to sell arms to the West Papua Liberation Army.

His lawyer, Latifah Anum Siregar, said she filed an appeal at the Wamena High Court on Wednesday.

She said the appeal also included Mr Skrzpyski's co-defendant Simon Magal, who was given a four-year jail sentence.

Ms Siregar said the public prosecutor has filed a separate appeal, seeking to extend both men's sentences to 10 years.

Rights groups have decried Mr Skrzyspki's sentence as a blow to freedoms in restive Papua, where the Liberation Army is waging a bloody war with the Indonesian state.

Mr Skrzypski said last week there were issues with translations in the trial and the presenting of possessions that weren't his as evidence.

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