Leader of Free Papua Organisation Daniel Kogoya arrested

Updated 3 September 2012, 18:37 AEST

The Free Papua Organisation’s prominent leader Daniel Kogoya has been arrested.

Independence supporters hoist the separatist Morning Star flag at Jayapura in the Indonesian province of Papua. The flag is commonly used by the Free Papua Organisation (OPM).

Independence supporters hoist the separatist Morning Star flag at Jayapura in the Indonesian province of Papua. The flag is commonly used by the Free Papua Organisation (OPM). (Credit: ABC)

Dozens of other activists were arrested, and a number of weapons, including firearms, were seized in raids on the organisation’s headquarters last night.

Senior commissioner Wahyono from Papua Police told Radio Australia that Mr Kogoya was shot in the leg trying to resist arrest.

He is currently being treated at Bhayangkara hospital in Jayapura.

The senior commissioner added that they began a manhunt for Mr Kogoya a year ago.

He and his group are suspected of being involved in a number of attacks on civilians, including one in Keroom last year, which senior commissioner Wahyono said left five people and a police officer dead.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-09-03/leader-of-free-papua-organisation-daniel-kogoya-arrested/1010076

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