MPR lauds Nemangkawi task force for arrest of firearms supplier

MPR lauds Nemangkawi task force for arrest of firearms supplier

Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), Bambang Soesatyo.  (ANTARA/Rahmat Fajri)

I ask security personnel to investigate the case to see the intellectual actor behind the case and take stern measures against him, in accordance with the positive law in force
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Bambang Soesatyo, has praised the Nemangkawi Task Force for apprehending a man who is believed to have sold firearms and ammunition to Papuan separatists in Puncak Jaya district.

 

"I ask security personnel to investigate the case to see the intellectual actor behind the case and take stern measures against him, in accordance with the positive law in force," he said in a written statement released on Saturday.

 

He also asked law enforcement personnel to conduct an in-depth investigation into the firearms and ammunitions syndicate.

 

Such an investigation is needed to trace the source of the funds being used by Papuan separatists to buy firearms and ammunition, he said.

 

"(I) hope for the commitment of the government and security personnel to break the firearm supply chain, including the flow of fund and the supply of weapons to the armed terrorist group, in order to narrow their movement space and prevent the repeat of terror act by the armed terrorist group and give tranquility to the public," he added.

 

The Nemangkawi task force, which comprises military and police personnel, seized hundreds of millions of rupiahs from the suspect as evidence.

 

Soesatyo also asked the task force, set up to tackle violence in Papua, to launch a manhunt for members of the armed Papuan group and take firm and measurable act against them. 

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