JAKARTA, Indonesia – Two French tourists detained at the Jayapura Immigration Office claim they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.
“Apart from claiming to be journalists from French television station Arte TV, they claimed they were on a trip to Jayapura and Wamena to carry out journalistic duties and meet a group that wished to separate from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” Jayapura Immigration Office head Gardu Tampubolon told Antara news agency on Friday.
He said the visitors, identified as Thomas Charles Dadoin, 40, and Louise Marie Valentine Bourrat, 29, who were apprehended by police in Wamena, had violated their stay permits as they arrived in Indonesia using tourist visas.
Tampubolon said they had been charged with violating Article 122 on misusing stay permits of Law No. 6/2011 on immigration.
Tampubolon said his office had yet to fulfill a request from the suspects’ lawyers, who had asked for city arrest for their clients.
“We have yet to meet the request of the defense team from Todung Muya Lubis and Associates law firm, as we’re still coordinating with various parties, including the Papua Police,” said Tampubolon.