14 Nov 2011

Indonesia report due on Freeport's Papua police pay

2:12 pm on 14 November 2011

Indonesia's National Police spokesman says officials will today announce the result of an audit of payments made to the Papua Police by the US mining company, Freeport Indonesia.

Inspector General Saud Usman Nasution has told the Jakarta Post that the internal audit team will probably arrive in Jakarta today.

He says the preliminary report shows that each Papua police officer received more than 130 US dollars per month.

He says the payments were voluntary allowances from the mining company for Papua police officers who helped secure the area.

The Inspector General insists there is nothing illegal about the payments, saying the US mining company is one of the nation's 126 vital installations at which security was the responsibility of the companies managing them.

The mine at Grasberg has been hampered by a two-month strike.