Prison warders beat and kick more than forty prisoners
May 10, 2012 07:24 PDT
JUBI, 10 May 2012
At least 42 prisoners - both political and criminal - have been beaten
by warders in Abepura Prison where they are being held, These beatings
occurring on 30 April.
According to information from the Justice, Peace and Creation
Secretariat (SKPKC) in Jayapura, the prisoners who were beaten included
Selfius Bobii, Luis Kossay, Terianus Tabuni, Wayus Hubi, Markus Dubi,
Stenly Palondong, Alfian Palendeng, Erens Apromis, Octo Ikinia and Fredy
Some of them were beaten until they were black and blue all over.
Selsius Bobii said he had ben slapped, hit and kicked all over his body.
He was then dragged into the prison office. Luis Kossay said that he had
been struck by a bludgeon, by iron rods and beaten with a rope and while
being beaten he was kicked and then dragged out of his cell, dragged 200
metres and thrown into the yard. In the yard, his fingers and toes were
stamped on by warders with their heavy boots. After suffering all this,
he was ordered to remain in a half-squatting position for an hour.Three
other prisoners were subjected to the same painful treatment and the
rest were also beaten and kicked without mercy.
These acts of maltreatment occurred on 30 April and began when Selpius
Bobii and some other prisoners asked the warders not to lock their cell
doors because they wanted to practise singing some songs for their co
prisoners. However, he was ordered out of his cell and taken to stand
before the security official who refused to grant him permission to do
this. Selpius tried to explain that they wanted to rehearse some songs
to be recorded later on, but permission was refused. and he was ordered
to return to his cell.
Selpius said later that the previous warder, Ayurbaba, had given them
permission to do these things and had allowed the prisoners to have
recreational activities. When the new chief warder Liberty Sinijak heard
this going on, he came out and started shouting at Selpius. In response
Selpius shouted back, saying that the warders were doing nothing to help
the prisoners but only trying to crush them.
The chief warder shouted back and ordered Selpius into the isolation
wing. When the other prisoners in their cells heard all this shouting,
they started calling out to the warders to stop maltreating Selpius.