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PNG AUTHORITIES DETAIN INDONESIAN POLICEMAN

West Papua and Papua New Guinea
Jayapura 24/3 (Jubi) – A policeman from the Keerom Police, First Brigadier Muhammad Muryamin, was briefly detained by the Papua New Guinean army on Sunday (23/3)  for carrying a firearm at the border with PNG, police said.

Papua Police spokesman Commissioner Senior Sulistiyo Pudjo Hartono said Muryamin was visiting the border area with his family when he was arrested.
“He was crossing the border area with his family for vacation, and accidentally  he brought a weapon,” Hartono said on Monday (24/3).

Hartono said the officer has been transferred to the Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo to be returned to his police unit by Monday (24/3).

He  was handed over  by Indonesian Consular in Vanimo, Jahar Gultom to the chief of Keerom Police Operations, Commissioner Bambang Dimara, for a further examination by Provost.

Hartono said Muryamin was entering the border legally and his luggage and weapon have been returned. The Police also did not impose a penalty for this case.  “We have crossed him to the Border Office at 13:00 Papua time along with his weapon and bullets as well,” said Gultom by phone on Monday (24/3). (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/rom)

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