Remembering KNPB leader Martinus Yohame
August 26, 2020
Today we remember peaceful KNPB leader Martinus Yohame who was abducted tortured, mutilated and murdered by the Indonesian government between 20-26th August 2014.
His body was found was found floating in a sack in the sea. His hands and feet had been tied together, his dreadlocks pulled out, his head crushed and his body riddled with bullet holes.
Martinus was abducted by Indonesian state intelligence BIN/KOPASSUS on August 20th after publicly criticising the Indonesian president.
KNPB Statement Regarding the disappearance of the Chairman of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) MARTINUS YOHAME on 20 August 2014.
Starting from August 20 until today the 25th he has not been found, the mysterious disappearance of the Chairman of the KNPB is a work of intelligence and Kopasus.
Previously, Martinus Yohame, the Chairman of the KNPB in the Sorong region, together with other officials on August 19, 2014, held a press conference at 15.00 in front of the Sorong Mayor’s office, with a number of journalists in the Sorong area, related to the arrival of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudoyono SBY in Papua, in the Sorong area in the context of the Opening Ceremony of the Sail Raja Ampat in Waisai, Saturday 23 August 2014.
In this press conference the Chairman of the KNPB, Martinus Yohame, accompanied by the Deputy Chairperson of the KNPB, Kantius H the KNPB refusing the arrival of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) in the land of Papua “.
Therefore, the KNPB and PRD firmly refused. So we think that he was deliberately kidnapped by the security office or an intelligence agency to secure SBY’s arrival because the KNPB refused the arrival of President Rebuplik Indonesia.
After the press conference was finished, a woman called the chairman of the KNPB Sorong. Furthermore, the woman said that she was from the Jakarta Human rights commission and wanted to meet and later they came to meet the chairman of the KNPB and his group in front of the Sorong Mayor’s office using a red Avanza car, in which a man was riding using a big Canon brand camera.
Before leaving the woman they exchanged cellphone numbers and the woman further said that “our next meeting will continue on Wednesday August 20th and we will be in contact” she said.
Then they communicated via SMS, until the last day on Wednesday, 20/2014. At night they met at a house until a moment people said Martinus ran out of the house to the street and there they kidnapped the KNPB chairman Martinus Yohame. Until today we haven’t seen him.
After how many days ago, starting from 20-23 August 2014, we conducted a search for the chairman of the KNPB Sorong, Martinus Yohame.
KOBOGAUNEWS, West Papua, Jayapura , – Chairman of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) for the Sorong Raya region, Martinus Yohame, who was found floating dead on the coast of Sorong City is a victim of kidnapping and murder by the Indonesian Colonial Intelligence / BIN.
This was revealed by the General Secretary of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Ones Suhuniap to kobogaunews Friday (29/8/2014) evening.
This was confirmed by the spokesman for the Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Basoka Logo. Basoka said, his party received information that the deceased was kidnapped.
KNPB General Secretary, (2014) Ones Suhun, confirmed what happened to their colleague, Martinus Yohame, in Sorong.
“It’s true, the Chairman of the KNPB Sorong Raya has been missing since last August 19, we have been looking everywhere but we can’t find him, and it turns out that his body was found by a fisherman at sea,” said Suhun.
“We strongly suspect that it was the Indonesian security forces who killed and disappeared our friends, in this case the Kopassus group,” said Suhun.
Statements from 2014
The Indonesian government and colonial police did not even investigate the torture and murder of Martinus Yohame. (They already knew exactly who did it)
The head of Indonesian NGO Kontras, Haris Azhar, assessed that civil society is incapable of carrying out such killings. Even KontraS noted that KNPB members were recently targeted by terror such as beatings and killings. However, he is reluctant to mention in detail who masterminded Martinus’s murder.
“I don’t know, but what is certain is that they have the tools of violence, sufficient information, and the ability to design events like this. It is impossible for ordinary people to do this, then the assumption is that the police can find out who did it, if the police cannot find out this means that this is not the work of ordinary people. , “said Haris, Thursday (28/8/14) night.
Rest in Peace Martinus Yohame.
We fight on in your name for our freedom.
West Papua, Melanesia will be free.
Referendum on independence is the peaceful and dignified solution for West Papua.