PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/040/2001
31 August 2001
Further information on UA 165/01 (ASA 21/026/2001, 3 July 2001) and follow-up
(ASA 21/028/2001, 6 July 2001) - Possible “disappearance”
Gaspar Wespar (also known as Charles Guefar)
Hubertus Wresman’s uncle Gaspar Wespar (also known as Charles Guefar) has gone
missing following his inquires into his nephew’s “disappearance”.
The Military Commander of Papua has threatened to prosecute him for accusing
members of the Special Forces Command, Kopassus, of involvement in Hubertus
Wresman’s “disappearance”. Gaspar Wespar could be in hiding, but there are
fears that he might have been taken into police or military custody. If so,
he would be at risk of torture, “disappearance” or unlawful killing.
In late June, Gaspar Wespar made several visits to the local Kopassus base
in Betaf, the main town in Pantai Timur Sub-district, Jayapura District. He
was looking for information about his nephew, who was taken from his home by
five armed, masked men in June. Gaspar Wespar claimed that on one of these
visits the Kopassus commander told him that Kopassus officers had kidnapped
Hubertus Wresman in order to provoke armed pro-independence supporters in the
district. Gaspar Wespar was given no further information, though he claimed
to have been kicked and beaten by other Kopassus personnel in Betaf.
There are reports that Gaspar Wespar has since gone missing. Amnesty
International’s concerns for his safety have been heightened by comments made
by the Military Commander for Papua, Major General Mahidin Simbolon, in replies
to several AI members who had written to him about this case. In his letter,
Maj Gen Simbolon accused Gaspar Wespar of being the real culprit behind Hubertus
Wresman’s abduction and says that he will be prosecuted for slandering the
military and “spreading false news”.
Maj Gen Simbolon also referred to a military-led investigation to the area
in July, which, he says, found that Kopassus was not involved in the kidnapping.
A local non-governmental organization (NGO) has confirmed that the military
led two investigations to Pantai Timur. Having taken part in the first
investigation, the NGO refused to cooperate with the second, due to concerns
that it was not independent. Amnesty International has received no further
information on Hubertus Wresman’s whereabouts.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals in Bahasa Indonesia or your
- urging the authorities to clarify whether Gaspar Wespar (Charles Guefar)
is in detention. If so, he should be released immediately unless he is charged
with a recognizably criminal offence;
- urging the authorities to ensure that if he is in detention he has full and
regular access to a lawyer of his own choosing, his family and medical treatment;
- making renewed calls on the authorities to conduct an immediate, impartial
and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Hubertus