Kapolri: We were sent by hundreds of TNI-Polri personnel to free Pilot Susi Air

Jayapura - National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo revealed that nearly 1,000 joint TNI-Polri personnel were deployed to free Susi Air pilot Philip Mark Methrtens, who was held hostage by armed criminal group (KKB) terrorists in Papua.

Philip has been held hostage by the KKB led by Egianus Kogoya since 7 February 2023, at which time the plane Philip was on was also burned.

This was conveyed by Sigit in a working meeting with Commission III of the DPR at the DPR Building, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (12/4/2023).

"Related to this incident, the National Police and the TNI have carried out Operation Paro, involving 965 personnel, where we have deployed these personnel to certain points to carry out prosecutions," said Sigit.

Sigit said that this action will continue to prioritize the safety of the Susi Air pilot who is being held hostage.

In addition to taking action, the National Police also continues to carry out foreign diplomacy efforts. "That is the New Zealand Embassy, ​​New Zealand Police, the Australian Federal Police, the MSG (Melanesian Spearhead Group), various foreign figures," he explained.

"Where they all respect Indonesian sovereignty and condemn the hostage-taking by the KKB group," added Sigit.

The joint team also made a soft approach involving local indigenous peoples to repatriate Captain Philip.

The Head of the Police Public Relations Division, who at that time was Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo, said that the soft approach was carried out through communication between the Cartenz Damai Task Force, the Papua Regional Police and the KKB party that took Philip hostage.

"Moreover, the regional police chief is a native of Papua. So I think local wisdom approaches can implement this. We all hope that the Susi Air pilots can be returned as soon as possible or we can receive them safely," said Dedi in Jakarta, Thursday (16/2/2023).

Even so, law enforcement officials are also preparing a legal approach under the direct control of the Papuan Police Chief. 

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