22 Apr 2003

First sentences for those judged guilty of involvement in death of Papuan leader

9:15 am on 22 April 2003

Four members of Indonesia's elite special forces have been jailed for involvement in the killing of a prominent independence leader in Papua, in 2001.

A military court sentenced Lieutenant-Colonel Hartomo, the highest-ranking soldier on trial, to three-and-a-half years in jail.

The others received prison terms of between three and three-and-a-half years.

Three more are still to be sentenced over the killing of Theys Eluay, who advocated peaceful means for the separation of Papua from Indonesia.

There are strong separatist movements in both Papua, which is Indonesia's eastern-most province, and Aceh, in the north west.