Papuan Activist Taken Off Interpol’s Wanted List

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‘Political’ agenda over accusations prompts removal of name

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 6, 2012) – Benny Wenda, the head of the Free West Papua Movement, had been issued with a red notice and was at risk of arrest and extradition.

He has lived with his wife and children in the English city of Oxford since being granted asylum in Britain nine years ago.

The Indonesian authorities say they wanted him to stand trial for murder and arson, offences he denies.

But Interpol decided the case against Mr. Wenda was "political."

In a letter to Fair Trials International, which has campaigned on his behalf, the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files says it has deleted information about his case from its records.

The British government accepted Mr. Wenda’s asylum application in 2002 after hearing allegations he had been persecuted by the Indonesian authorities.

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