Jayne Safihao; 1/9/09; (2 Items)
The 17 West Sepiks still being held captive at a prison in Djayapura for the past six weeks have yet to be charged according toProvincial Police Commander (PPC) Vanimo, Sakawar Kasieng.
The 17, 14 men and three women from Vanimo and Aitape had boarded a boat and had gone across to Djayapura for meeting of sorts were late when they reached their destination so had decided to book into hotels for the night. According to PPC Kasieng the 17 had gone with proper documents except that those documents had no “entry” stamps on them when they were arrested. “Based on a tip-off local police there came and rounded up the women and men and locked them up. Two of the three women happen to be my policemen’s wives.
Vanimo is the capital of Sandaun province in Papua New Guinea. It is located on a peninsula close to the border with Indonesia. Vanimo is a small township with an economy based around the timber industry. Logging company Vanimo Forest Products, which is owned by Malaysian company Rimbunan Hijau, is the chief employer. Vanimo is known to be a great surfing destination. It has a reputation of having the most consistent waves in Papua New Guinea. Surfing season is mid October through to late April. Vanimo also is a popular destination for foreign workers in Papua/Indonesia who need to leave the country in order to renew their visas. In this case they come over for a day to visit the Indonesian embassy, stay in one of the hotels along the “sundaun-road” and head back to the border 24 hours later. The boardriders’ club at Lido Village were the subject of a report on Australia’s Dateline current affairs program.