Filep Karma who has diligently fought for the basic rights of the Papuan indigenous people refused to take the oath when summoned as a witness in the ongoling trial of Buchtar Tabuni. He said that the court was a full of people who know only how to deceive and trick the Papuan people.
He said that his own declaration that he was speak the truth was enough. Both the prosecuting counsel and the judges urged Karma to take the other on the Bible but he refused to do so.
He said repeatedly that he did not want to acknowledge the law that was in the hands of people who were intent upon using deception. He reitereated his belief in God whose crown is embedded in within his own breast.
‘Jesus said, I am the word, the path towards truth and life. I will offer my testimony on that basis,’ Karma told the court. However the judge failed to persuade Karma to take the oath in the way required by the court. He asked Karma whether he was willing to be a witness in the Buchtar Tabuni trial and if so he would have to take the oath as required.
Karma did not budge from his position and the judge therefore dismissed him as a witness and adjourned the hearing.
The next hearing in the trial will be held on 30 July.
[Abridged translation by TAPOL]