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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 7, 2016) – A prominent West Papua independence activist has questioned the credibility of the head of Indonesia's police over claims made against him that were later retracted.

Last week, Badrodin Haiti was reported by media of accusing Benny Wenda, who lives in exile in Britain, of organising an attack against Indonesian police officers in West Papua.

Mr Wenda denied the claims, and Mr Haiti later said he never metioned Mr Wenda's name or suggested he was responsible for organising the shooting of a police officer in Senak.

In a statement, Mr Wenda says Mr Haiti has been caught lying, which he suggests raises questions about what statements other police and military officials in West Papua are able to get away with.

He also says he was indirectly threatened by the head of the country's intelligence agency, Sutiyoso, who told media that 'dark methods' would be used against him if he refused to cooperate.

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