4 Aug 2006

Indonesian court completes trials of March mine protestors

10:34 am on 4 August 2006

A court in Indonesia's Papua province has jailed two men for 15 years each for taking part in deadly protests in Jayapura against the US-run Freeport mine.

Their lawyer says the district court found Ferdinandus Pakage and Luis Gedi guilty of resisting police and using violence which caused death.

The lawyer says the pair were the final defendants from a total of 23 Papuans, mostly students, who have been standing trial in connection with the protest, which saw five security personnel and one civilian killed.

He earlier defended 14 others who have been sentenced to five or six years in jail.

He says he has lodged appeals in all of his 16 cases.

A separate group of seven suspects on trial for the alleged murder of an air force officer at the protest are still awaiting verdicts from the same court.

Criticis of Freeport-McMoran accuse the mine of not giving enough to the people of Papua in return for the mine.