Today, the National Police at its headquarters in Jakarta conducted a preliminary examination on Veronika Koman
Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA) - East Java Police will put human rights lawyer-cum-activist Veronika Koman on its most-wanted list (DPO) since she was named a suspect for tweeting a hate speech and spreading false information (hoax).

"Today, the National Police at its headquarters in Jakarta conducted a preliminary examination on Veronika Koman," East Java Police Chief Inspector General Luki Hermawan said in Surabaya, East Java Province Wednesday. If Koman failed to make an appearance at the police headquarters latest September 18, the police would put her name on its most-wanted list.

Once Koman's name is on that list, the police may contact Interpol to issue a red corner notice. That would notify law enforcement in at least 190 Interpol member countries of Koman's status as a suspect of the Indonesian Police.

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Koman was named as a suspect because she allegedly had incited unrest by tweeting a hate speech and false information on a racial abuse suffered by a group of Papuan students in Surabaya, August 17, 2019.

Koman had failed to show up at the police headquarters for questioning September 13, according to the police. Thereafter, the police granted her five more days as she had left for Australia on work. However, Koman had not yet returned to Indonesia.

Indonesia's National Commission of Human Rights and several human rights groups such as Amnesty International had slammed the police move to name Koman as a suspect. For the human rights advocate body, Koman's tweets did not contain either fake news or a hate speech but only had the more necessary information from a different point of view.

Up until today, Koman continued to tweet reports and pictures of the situation in Papua and West Papua provinces.

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Translator: Fiqih Arfani/Willy Irawan/Gent
Editor: Sri Haryati
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