Billy Wairara (30) was arrested on 24 August 2019 and accused of torching a cafe near the location of the protest. Prosecutors sought a one year and ten months jail term. The District Court found him guilty of violating Article 187 paragraph (1) of  the Criminal Code on arson and sentenced him to five months in jail on 17 December 2019. The prosecutors appealed the decision. The Court of Appeal in Jayapura revised the verdict and sentenced him to one year and ten months in jail on 27 February 2020.