26 Jun 2009

Call for action after Papua teenage shooting

12:50 pm on 26 June 2009

A human rights group in Indonesia's Papua Province is calling for the prosecution of a soldier who shot a Papua teenager near the Papua New Guinea border.

The 13 year-old suffered serious injuries as a result of the incident.

The National Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence in Papua says clear legal action must be taken against violators of the law indiscriminately.

Harry Maturbongs of the group says as a matter of principle, if a shooting is committed by a soldier in violation of standard procedure, he cannot escape legal prosecution.

He says Indonesia already had a law on the military which provided for legal sanctions and disciplinary measures against servicemen who had violated military standard procedures.

Meanwhile, police are still investigating the incident to see whether it was on purpose or by accident.