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Filep Karma Has Right to Refuse Pardon, says Papua Governor

Filep Karma while signed a leter for Coordinator Minister of Politics, Law and Security - Jubi
Filep Karma while signed a leter for Coordinator Minister of Politics, Law and Security – Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Political Prisoner Filep Karma said he would never take an offer of pardon as a condition for his release and instead demanded amnesty or abolition.

“I’ll turn it down. From my point of view the content of the letter of pardon indicates the State has no good intention in solving the problems in Papua thoroughly,” said Karma to reporters at Abepura Prison, Jayapura City, Papua on Monday (17/8/2015).

He stated if the Indonesian Government wants to resolve the Papua issues, it must release all political prisoners instead of only him, and rehabilitate their names and abolish the wanted list and sit together with Papuans.

“Let’s talk politics as an adult. Let’s conduct dialogue with Papuans who want freedom, not with the Local Government instead,” he said.

He said the government has no good intention of releasing him; moreover the pardon would only turn his status as a political prisoner to criminal. He said he’s not a criminal but a Free Papua political prisoner.
Therefore, if the government thinks it does the right thing by granting him a pardon, he would never step out of prison on that way.

If the government forces him to get out, he said it has authority to do that.
“I was imprisoned by force, so if they want to force me out, that’s their authority. I will not voluntarily get out from here,” he said.

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said this rejection is the right of Filep Karma. He has a right to refuse or accept the pardon. “It’s his right as citizen. He has right to make that statement,” Enembe said after leading a ceremony of remission granting at Abepura Prison on Monday (17/8/2015). (Mawel Benny/rom)

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