Four Papuans Jailed For Raising Prohibited Morning Star Flag

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Judges rule flag threatened existence of Indonesia’s unity

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 12, 2014) – Four Papuan men in the Indonesian town of Biak have been sentenced to jail for raising the banned Morning Star flag used by West Papuan separatists.

The flag is banned under Indonesia's criminal code.

Oktavianus Warnares was sentenced for three years for raising the flag last May.

According to Antara News, Warnares says he is considering an appeal, while the prosecutor, Leni Silaban, says she will appeal the sentence.

Three other defendants were sentenced to 1.8 years, 2.6 years and two years respectively.

In their consideration, the judges ruled that raising the flag had threatened the existence of the unitary state of Indonesia.

Apart from the flag, there were other items used as evidence in the trial including a revolver, a military costume, 39 bullets and a home-made bomb.

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