11 Sep 2009

Papuan given two years jail for involvement in demo

12:26 pm on 11 September 2009

A Papuan man in Indonesia has been sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in a demonstration in Jayapura last October.

Sebby Sambom has already been in custody for nine months after taking part in a peaceful rally to show support for the launch of International Parliamentarians for West Papua in the British parliament.

As he was led from the court, Sambom rejected the subversion-related conviction and asked for international intervention in his case.

Papuan activist Buchtar Tabuni was sentenced to three years prison in July for provocation relating to the same demonstration.