5 Nov 2007

Papuan man dies after assault by Indonesian soldier - report

3:08 pm on 5 November 2007

A 23-year old Papuan man has died after reportedly being assaulted by an Indonesian soldier in the provincial capital Jayapura.

The Cenderawasih Post newspaper reports that the assault of Rudi Pagawak came after he failed to acknowledge a military commander when walking by a TNI post.

This prompted an unnamed soldier to strike the Papuan who fought back before being submerged by the soldier in a nearby water tank where he lost consciousness.

He was taken to a clinic where he later died.

The commander of the soldier's unit, Burhanuddin Siagian, said that the soldier responsible was in custody and if found guilty he would be punished.

He said that the soldier in question had clearly acted in excess.

Commander Siagian also commended the local people for dealing with the incident in a calm and responsible manner.