This case must be settled through legal processes and not on the basis of customary law."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Tolikara incident that led to a mosque being burnt down on July 17 would be solved through Indonesian legal processes rather than by customary law, stated Papua Police Chief Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw.

"This case must be settled through legal processes and not on the basis of customary law," he informed journalists here on Wednesday in response to questions on how the case of the Tolikara sectarian violence would be solved.

The implementation of customary law in solving the Tolikara incident would not be unanimously accepted by all concerned parties, and it would never offer a comprehensive solution as well, he pointed out.

Waterpauw further noted that he remained optimistic in finding the mastermind behind the incident, which occurred on the day Muslims across Indonesia celebrated the Idul Fitri festivity.

He added that the police have named AK and JW as suspects for the sectarian attack in the Karubaga region of Tolikara District, Papua Province.

The two suspects were arrested on July 24 for their alleged involvement in the attack, Senior Commissioner Patrige, the spokesman of the Papua provincial police headquarters, remarked.

Patrige recently stated that the two suspects had admitted to have pelted stones at the Muslims performing Idul Fitri prayers inside the yard of Karubaga district military precinct on July 17.

The suspect, JW, is a civil servant of the Tolikara district government while AK works for a privately owned bank in the conflict-hit area, Patrige noted.

(Reported by Anita Permata Dewi/Uu.R013/INE/KR-BSR/O001)

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