Second extra-judicial killing in Wogikel Village within ten months

The Papuan news outlet Tabloid Jubi published an article about another extra-judicial killing in Wogikel Village of the Ilwayap District, Merauke Regency. An intoxicated police officer with the initials RK shot dead Yohanes Octo Moiwend on 4 June 2019, around 0.30 am. The shooting occurred during a dispute between RK and Yohanes Octo Moiwend in front of a local bar. RK and two bar owners dragged Yohanes Moiwend outside the bar and collectively beat him. Witnesses stated that officer RK pulled his revolver and repeatedly hit Yohanes Moiwend with the gun handle before he released two shots. Yohanes Moiwend sustained a bullet wound near the ear, causing his instant death.  

The head of the Papuan Regional Police (Polda Papua), Rudolf Roja, confirmed the incident and announced that the police will conduct an internal investigations into the shooting. The incident is the second extra-judicial killing in the Wogikel Village in the past ten months. On 13 September 2018, joint police and military officers killed an indigenous villager named Yudas Gebze shortly after arrest. Human rights defenders claimed that the Yudas Gebze died as a result of disproportionate use of force and torture. The police denied any wrongdoing, arguing that Yudas Gebze resisted the arrest and accidently fell on broken glass.