13 May 2002

Witness in Papua murder case allegedly shot by Indonesian officer

3:22 pm on 13 May 2002

Reports from the Indonesian province of Papua say an army officer has shot and injured a witnesses in the murder case of the separatist leader, Theys Eluay.

The Indonesian Human Rights Campaign says the officer of the Kopassus force shot the man as he was leaving a shop in Jayapura on Friday evening.

The witness had worked as a causal employee at the Kopassus base where Chief Eluay had been for a dinner shortly before he was killed.

The witness told a police investigation that he saw chief Eluay's driver, Aristoteles Masuka, at the base after the abduction of Chief Eluay.

Mr Masuka reported the abduction and is widely seen as a key witness but his whereabouts are now unknown.

At least nine military personnel have been identified as suspects in the assassination, with investigators saying they have yet to find out who ordered Chief Eluay's killing.