Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Police Issue Second Summons Letter for Veronica Koman

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  • TEMPO.CO, Surabaya - East Java Police Chief Insp. Gen. Luki Hermawan said investigators have issued the second summons letter for Veronica Koman, the advocate of Papuan students in Surabaya. Veronica, who is currently in Australia, did not respond to the first summons.

    Luki said the police investigators are collaborating with the National Police's International Relations Division who will deliver the summons letter to the Indonesian Embassy in Australia.

    If the second letter is ignored, police will issue a wanted status for the human rights activist, which is followed by the red notice.

    “This will be difficult [for her] if we issue the red notice because she will not be able to go anywhere. While we know that she has a lot of activities abroad,” said Luki in East Java Police HQ, Surabaya, Tuesday, September 10.

    He reiterated that the examination is scheduled on September 13. However, given her position in Australia, Luki will give time until the next week. "We hope she will make it into the summons. If she intends to take another legal path, such as pretrial, that’s okay. Do not only give comments on social media," Luki added.

    He went on to say that investigators have communicated the case with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Law and Human Rights Ministry, State Intelligence Agency (BIN), Immigration Directorate General to call in the advocate. Discussions with those institutions have been established in accordance with the procedure. 

    “We have held communications, and the immigration office and Foreign Affairs Ministry have responded well too,” he said.

    Additionally, investigators are also developing the case by examining the financial transaction in Veronica’s bank accounts. She reportedly has two accounts, domestic and international. 

    Previously, East Java Police named Veronica Koman as a suspect for spreading hoaxes about the incident in Papuan students’ dormitory in Surabaya on August 16 and 17. The police said Veronika’s tweets contained provocation as they were made without facts.

    KUKUH S. WIBOWO