Indonesia detains seven more people for treason, says TAPOL

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More than 100 people participated in a peaceful rally last month commemorating the declaration of the South Moluccan Republic 70 years ago. Twenty three were arrested. Image: Suara Mambruk screenshot

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Seven more people have been detained in Indonesia for alleged treason since a complaint filed with the United Nations last month, says the human rights watchdog TAPOL.

The complaint was submitted to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and UN Special Rapporteurs by Jennifer Robinson and Veronica Koman with the support of TAPOL on 15 April 2020.

Ten days later, April 25, more than 100 people participated in a peaceful rally commemorating the declaration of the South Moluccan Republic 70 years ago.

At least 23 people were arrested on that day. Most of them were released except the seven people detailed below.

Three people marched into the Maluku regional police headquarters in Ambon around 3.45 pm while carrying a large Benang Raja independence flag and shouting “Mena Muria”.

They are currently detained at Maluku regional police detention centre and have been charged with Articles 106, 110 and 160 of the Criminal Code:


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Simon Viktor Taihitu, born 29 October 1963;

Abner Litamahuputy, born 25 January 1976, who had been imprisoned previously for his political activities

Janes Pattiasina, born 9 December 1968.

The four others are detained at Ambon police resort detention centre and have been charged with Article 106 of the Criminal Code. Their heads were shaved.

Derek Taihuttu, born on 28 October 1961. Taihuttu, a farmer, was arrested at 2 am and has been charged with Article 106 of the Criminal Code. Police arrested him based on the information provided by MS who had been arrested earlier that day for posting a photo with a Benang Raja flag on Facebook. MS told police that the instruction came from Derek Taihuttu.

Constantinus Siahaja, born on 25 May 1987. The farmer was arrested at around 4 am when he was asleep in Sidang Allah church in Hulaliu and has since been charged with Article 106 of the Criminal Code. Police arrested him based on the information provided by Derek Taihuttu that he kept a Benang Raja flag which was given by Derek Taihuttu.

Dominggus Saiya, born on 13 September 1968. He has been charged with Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code for flying the Benang Raja flag on a flag pole outside his house.

Agusthinus Matalula, born on 5 August 1963. Police arrested him based on the information provided by Dominggus Saiya that Dominggus Saiya received the Benang Raja flag that he flew outside his house from Agusthinus Matalula. Agusthinus Matatula was given the flag by the late former notorious political prisoner Johan Teterissa. He has been charged with Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code.

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