On 12 July, 18 people were arrested in Wara village in Pisugi district, Wamena for their involvement in the distribution of flyers calling for an election boycott. Out of the 18 people arrested, 13 were released from Jayawijaya Regional police station. Yosep SiepIbrahim MarianMarsel MarianYali Walilo and Michael Marian were charged with Articles 187 and 164 of the Indonesian Criminal Code for conspiracy to endanger security of persons or property.

Lawyers with the Democracy Alliance for Papua (Aliansi Demokrasi untuk Papua, ALDP) reported that the detainees were tortured and subjected to cruel and degrading treatment on arrest by military and police officers. A joint military and police task force raided Wara village in Pisugi district, Jayawijaya regency. Those arrested were tied together with rope and dragged along a ditch towards a vehicle parked on a main road. The men were chained together with their necks and hands tied with nylon twine, which meant that if one person fell down, the rest would be dragged down too. The men were also reportedly beaten with rifle butts. Yali Walilo was severely beaten with a rifle butt and as a result has lost hearing in one ear. Ibrahim Marian was beaten until he fainted and then thrown into a ditch by security forces.

Other villages also suffered beatings and received threats that they would be bayonneted. Security forces ransacked and ruined homes and reportedly destroyed food supplies, slashed livestock with machetes and threatened to burn down the houses of Yosep Siep and Yance Walilo. Other items were also allegedly destroyed including noken bags from Yosep Siep’s family that had been made for sale.

The 18 men who were arrested were brought to Jayawijaya Regional police station for interrogation where they continued to face torture.  While being questioned they were allegedly kicked, beaten and electrocuted. Jayawijaya police reportedly used a hammer to hit their spines, heads and toes. ALDP lawyers reported that some of the detainees who have already been released suffered broken bones as a result of being beaten with hammers and are receiving traditional medication in their village. Families were reportedly denied access to visit the detainees.

In December 2014, Yosep Siep was declared unfit to stand trial after developing a psychological disorder as a result of torture he endured in detention. The necessary treatment needed for his full recovery was not available in Wamena. He has since returned to his home village in Pisugi district, Wamena.

Court hearings for the other four men in the case were repeatedly postponed from December 2014 to February 2015. On 19 February 2015, after months of suspended court hearings, the trial for Ibrahim MarianMarsel Marian, Yali Walilo and Michael Marian resumed. During this hearing, Ibrahim Marian told Papuan newspaper Suara Papua that they stand accused of making Molotov cocktails intended for use to disrupt the Presidential Elections in July last year.  Marian stated in court that on arrest, they were threatened with guns while in detention at the police station and forced to confess to making Molotov cocktails. Police also forged an investigation report while interrogating the detainees without the presence of a lawyer.

During court hearings in March, the remaining four detainees detailed their experiences of torture in detention. Court hearings revealed that on 11 July 2014, the night of their arrest, they had gathered at the home of Yosep Siep to take part in a prayer session and had then spent the night there. The detainees testified that at around 04:00 security forces arrived at their village and arrested them. On arrest, their hands were tied behind their backs, they were chained together by the neck, and dragged along the ground. Michael Marian testified that during his interrogation he was repeatedly beaten and electrocuted by police officers. He stated that he confessed to the charges as he was afraid that police would shoot and kill him. When questioned on his ability to read and write, Michael Marian stated that he was illiterate. He went on to say that police investigators had not read out the Police Investigation Report (Berita Acara Pemeriksaan, BAP) to him after his interrogation and that he was forced to give his thumbprints to verify the results of his interrogation. Furthermore, appeals by the defence lawyers to provide a translator for Michael Marian, who struggles to speak and understand Indonesian, went unheeded by the court.

Police Brigadiers Endy, Alex Sianturi and Yeskel F.M. who were questioned in court denied that they tortured or ill-treated the five detainees.

The four detainees also stated that they rejected the Police Investigation Reports filed against them and denied making Molotov bombs and boycotting the Presidential Election last July. Defence lawyers argued that the confessions extracted under torture could not be used as evidence against the detainees and that such practice contradicted the right of the detainee to testify without pressure in any form, as stated in Article 117 of the Indonesian Criminal Procedure Code. They also argued that the evidence presented in court differed from the evidence described in the Letter of Indictment (Surat Dakwaan), and concluded that evidence used against the detainees had been fabricated.

On 1 April,  Ibrahim MarianMarsel Marian, Yali Walilo and Michael Marian were each given a one-year prison sentence. Prosecutors had previously called for a sentence of five-year imprisonment for the four men.


Suara Papua, “Ibrahim Marian: “Kami Diancam Polisi untuk Mengaku Tahu Buat Bom Molotov“,” 21 February 2015

Information received from ALDP, August 2014 – April 2015

Updated: 29 June 2015 Pada tanggal 12 Juli, 18 orang ditangkap di kampong Wara di distrik Pisugi, Wamena karena keterlibatan mereka dalam mendistribusi flyer yang menyeru pemboikotan pemilu. Dari 18 orang yang ditangkap, 13 dibebaskan dari polres Daerah Jayawijaya. Yosasam Serabut, Yance Walilo , Marsel Marian, Ibrahim Marian dan Yosep Siep didakwa dengan Pasal 187 dan 164 KUHP Indonesia, konspirasi untuk membahayakan keamanan umum atau properti.

Pengacara dari Aliansi Demokrasi untuk Papua (ALDP) melaporkan bahwa para tahanan disiksa dan mengalami perbuatan kejam dan penganyaian pada saat penangkapan oleh aparat militer dan polisi. Operasi bersama militer dan polisi menggerebek kampung di distrik Wara Pisugi, Jayawijaya. Mereka yang ditangkap diikat dengan tali dan diseret sepanjang parit menuju kendaraan yang diparkir di jalan utama. Mereka dirantai bersama di mana leher dan tangan mereka diikat dengan benang nilon – jika satu orang jatuh, yang lain akan terseret juga. Mereka juga dilaporkan dipukul dengan popor senapan. Yance Walilo dipukul keras dengan popor senapan sampai kehilangan pendengaran pada satu telinga. Sementara itu, Ibrahim Marian dipukul sampai ia pingsan dan kemudian dilempar ke dalam parit oleh pasukan keamanan.

Orang-orang kampung lainnya juga dipukul dan diancam dengan bayonnet. Pasukan keamanan menggeledah dan merusakan rumah-rumah dan suplai makanan mereka, memangkas hewan ternak mereka dengan parang dan mengancam untuk membakar rumah-rumah Yosep Siep dan Yance Walilo. Barang lain juga dilaporkan rusak termasuk tas noken buatan keluarga Yosep Siep untuk dijual.

18 orang yang ditangkap dibawa ke Polres Daerah Jayawijaya untuk diinterogasi di mana mereka terus menghadapi penyiksaan. Sementara diinterogasi mereka dilaporkan ditendang, dipukul dan disetrum. Polisi Jayawijaya dilaporkan menggunakan palu untuk memukul tulang bekalang mereka, kepala dan kaki. Pengacara ALDP melaporkan bahwa beberapa tahanan yang telah dirilis menderita patah tulang akibat dipukul dengan palu dan menerima pengobatan tradisional di kampung mereka. Keluarga tahanan dilaporkan telah ditolak akses untuk mengunjungi mereka.

Laporan dari ALDP, Ogos – Oktober 2014