Indonesia hikes jail term for Pole over Papua rebel links

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia’s supreme court has increased the jail term for a Polish man convicted over links to separatist guerrillas in restive Papua, raising the sentence to seven years from five, his lawyer said yesterday.

Jakub Fabian Skrzypski was arrested in August last year, accused of making contact with outlawed rebels in the country’s easternmost territory and plotting to overthrow the Indonesia government.

The Pole appealed against his jail term, but the Supreme Court this week rejected that bid and increased the original sentence – a not uncommon practice in the Indonesian justice system.

The ruling overturned an earlier court decision that affirmed the five-year jail term, which was lighter than the 10 years originally demanded by prosecutors.

Skrzypski was convicted in May for “treason” – which has a broad application under Indonesia law and can be used to charge anyone whose actions are meant to subvert the state.

Jakub Fabian Skrzypski from Poland arrives at a court in Wamena. PHOTO: AFP