Indonesian Peace Personnel were Arrested in Sudan

Indonesian Police Officers that were incorporated in peace mission in Sudan (United Nations African Mission in Darfur/UNAMID) were arrested on Thursday (19/1) in Al Fashir Airport, Darfur, Sudan. Thus informed by Sudan Tribune website on Saturday (21/1).

The Deputy Governor of North Darfur, Mohamed Hasab al-Nabi, said that they were accused of smuggling dozens of firearms and ammunitions on the baggage checking.

The Director of North Darfur Custom Police, Asim Hamid, said that 29 kalashnikov firearms, four firearms, six GM3 rifles, and 61 various types of gun and some ammunition were confiscated.

However, Indonesian Police stated that the 139 members of the 8th Unit Form Police that were held in Sudan did not bring illegal firearms. Denial also came from Indonesian Military. “That information was incorrect”, said the Indonesian Army Head of Information Center, Major General Wuryanto, yesterday in Cilangkap.

The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arrmanatha Nasir, confirmed that arrest. “The Indonesian Ambassador in Khartum will give Assistance, he said.

The Vice President of Republic Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, judged that it was inept if Indonesian Member of Peace Troops smuggled firearms. “We have firearms. Why would we take firearms from there?” said Kalla in Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi, yesterday.

The UNAMID mission has been started since December 2007 to stop violence againts civilians in West Sudan. (Ire/Cah/Nic/Dio/X-4)

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