The international spokesperson of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), John Otto Ondawame, did not directly confirm, when asked, that members of his organization were behind the killing of Adj. Comr. Dominggus Oktavianus Awes, the Mulia Police chief.
Ondawame said that Dominggus had been one of “those who must take responsibility for the series of crimes against humanity in Puncak Jaya.”
In his e-mail sent to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Vanuatu-based Ondawame accused the Indonesian police and military of having been behind “increased human rights abuses, barbaric killings, tortures, intimidation and rapes against innocent civilians in the area.”
Ondawame also said that the deployment of further police officers to Papua would “create devastating effects on civilian lives.”
“Such a deployment will never destroy the true aspiration of the people of West Papua. Rather it will encourage their sentiment against Jakarta,” he said, adding that the leaders of the people of West Papua had always called on the Indonesian government to withdraw security forces from the region and engage in international peace talks organized by a third party.
Dominggus was shot dead by unknown assailants at Mulia Airport in Puncak Jaya regency on Monday.
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam was quick to respond to the incident by alleging that the perpetrators were members of the OPM separatist group.
Following the killing, the National Police dispatched about 200 mobile brigade officers as part of escalated security measures in Papua.