Jayapura, Papua. The head of Sarmi district in Papua province was arrested in the early ours of Thursday as part of a corruption probe.
Officials from the Attorney General’s Office arrested Mesak Manibor at Sarmi town at around 2:30 a.m.
Sr. Comr. Patrige Renwarin of the Papua Police confirmed the arrest, saying Mesak was to be flown to Jakarta from Jayapura on Thursday afternoon.
Besides the AGO personnel, 25 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers took part in the arrest, as well as ten Papua Police detectives. The officials arrived at the district head’s residence in ten vehicles.
“There was no resistance during the arrest by the Sarmi district head or anyone else, and during the trip to Jayapura the situation was safe and everything under control,” said Adj. Sr. Comr. Nurhabri of the Papua Police’s detectives unit.
Mesak is accused of corruption as part of the construction, with state funds, of his official residence and he also allegedly misused social funds.