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KPK investigating corruption charges in Papua church construction

Corruption charges in Papua

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is investigating corruption allegations over the construction of the Kingmi Mile 32 Church building in Mimika District, Papua Province.

“The KPK is investigating the church construction project for the first phase of the 2015 budget,” the anti-graft body’s acting spokesperson, Ali Fikri, noted in a statement in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The KPK investigators are currently gathering the required evidence in connection with the alleged graft case of the church construction project by grilling several witnesses, he noted.

The KPK will maintain its principles of transparency and accountability in handling this case as mandated by the country’s anti-graft law.

To this end, the KPK investigators will later make a public announcement after the suspects are arrested, Fikri stated.

Corruption charges in Papua


Located on the western half of the island of New Guinea and long racked by a simmering violent separatist insurgency, Papua encompasses Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces.

A former Dutch colony, West Papua has formally returned to Indonesia in 1969.

The undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders has chosen to join Indonesia.

The United Nations endorsed the result of the plebiscite and the world recognized West Papua as part Indonesia.

West Papuan people have elected the leaders of Papua and West Papua provinces.

The election in West Papua has strengthened the legality of the region as a province of Indonesia.

Since 2007, Abdurrahman Wahid administration changed the name from Irian Jaya to Papua.

Papua gained a “Special Autonomy” status, a political compromise between Papuans and the central government.

In 2001, politicians in Jakarta agreed to proceed with the implementation of the Special Autonomy.

However, Free West Papua separatist groups that seek to break away from Indonesia and establish new countries continue to challenge peaceful development by terror and intimidation.

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This Blog has gone through many obstacles and attacks from violent Free West Papua separatist supporters and ultra nationalist Indonesian since 2007. However, it has remained throughout a time devouring thoughts of how to bring peace to Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia.

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