Indonesian Consul on Detained Papua New Guineans


By Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby 

The Indonesian Consul in Vanimo, Elmar Lubis, confirmed today that two Papua New Guineans were held for marijuana smuggling in Jayapura, Indonesia. He says earlier figures of seventeen are yet to be confirmed.

The two will face Indonesian law. The smuggling of marijuana and firearms, is big business along the PNG-Indonesian border.

Speculations are high of reports made that 17 Papua New Guineans are being held in Jayapura’s Sentani prison, for marijuana smuggling. But the Indonesian consul said that he was aware of only two PNG men detained in Jayapura for smuggling marijuana.

In a phone interview, Mr Lubis says the two were charged, and will be prosecuted under Indonesian law.

While the border trade is open for people in both countries, concerns are being raised for proper surveillance and monitoring along the border.

The need to establish a police special unit for dog handling at the border post is imminent.

But the police force needs to reequip and recruit dog handlers and import more firearms and explosive sniffer dogs to station them at the check points.

NCD Dog Unit Commander, Leuth Nidung, in a recent interview, said as PNG prepares to host international events, negotiations to improve national security is a priority but when this will eventuate is still forthcoming.

Sandaun Acting Governor, Paul Nengai, in a recent interview said security at the Wutong border post is secure but needs more infrastructure development.

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