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Date Posted: Thu, Oct 25 2007, 05:10:19pm
In reply to: Enga Ombudsman 's message, "Apo Kapo is Killed by West Papuan Refugees" on Mon, Oct 22 2007, 12:47:18pm

I truly hope these murderers are charged and recieve the justice they deserve for the senseless killing of respected leader and magistrate Aipo Kapo! Painim peles na ol kam kilim lida man lo Ela Beach ah?!! Life year for each of them, I say!! Let them recieve true PNG hospitality at Bomana jail!


Post Courier, Thursday, October 25 (2007)

Four in court on murder charge

FOUR West Papua men have been arrested and charged with the wilful murder of Principal Magistrate Ivo Cappo.
The four suspects were rounded up with other refugees and taken to Boroko police station where they were screened and then interviewed and arrested by Criminal Investigation detectives.
The four men appeared briefly for mention at the Waigani Committal Court yesterday.
Charged were Christopher Waromi, 23, from Ambai villag, Serui in West Papua, Arno Kafiar, 19, from Ruar village, Biak, West Papua, John Kumarra, 23, Urufu village Biak, West Papua and David Koivi 19, from Demon village Demta, West Papua.
It was alleged that on October 20 the defendants were at Ela Beach next to the ADF building, sleeping in their make shift tents showing their grievance after they were evicted from 8-Mile settlement.
Between the hours of 2am and 2.30am, Mr Cappo after attending a function at Crowne Plaza hotel got in to his car together with a relative and headed home. They drove down towards the Bank of South Pacific Bank and then turned left. While driving past the Town police station , the car ran off the road.
The car according to the defendants crashed into their tents. They were all asleep at that time. The defendants after waking up from the sound of the car realized that the car was already inside their tent and then it reversed in to the other tent. After seeing this they attacked the driver and his passenger with rocks and small stones, killing Mr Cappo instantly.
Mr Ivo Cappo was 65 years old and came from Suringi in the Laiagam district of Enga Province. He was married and had nine children and two grand children.
Mr Cappo served as a magistrate for more than 30 years. He was one of the first in the Magisterial Services to be appointed as a sole Commissioner to an Inquiry looking in to the affairs of the Post and Telecommunication Services in the early 1990s.
His last posting was at the Port Moresby District Court as Principal Magistrate.

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Date Posted: Thu, Oct 25 2007, 06:08:06pm

Engans in Port Moresby should've done it the engan way and wipe out all these illegal aliens who were residing at Ela beach. But I am glad our Engans did the right thing and didn’t take the law into their own hands.

May these perpetrators face the full penalty of their animalistic actions –poetic justice- imprisonment for life for sure.

He is one of my tambus and my deepest condolence to his family in this time of great grief. May his soul rest in peace.

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Date Posted: Fri, Oct 26 2007, 11:13:17pm

Weekend Extra (Travel & Sports)
Weekend Edition Fri - Sun 27th - 29th October , 2007

Community Living

Bloodshed averted

“What are we doing here, it is not time to talk. They are there, let us go and kill them all and we talk later”.
That was how one Engan suggested they take revenge on the West Papuans who were allegedly responsible for the killing of senior magistrate Ivo Cappo.
Another said “what’s all this nonsense (peace talks) here about. We have to get things done first, I don’t like the way we are talking…we are wasting too much time”.
There was an irresistible applause of approval from the crowd in response at Kone Tigers Oval in the national capital on Monday morning where friends and relatives of Mr Cappo gathered to establish the circumstances leading to his death.
Many were heard complaining that it was customarily wrong to sit back and talk about the death of a leader, particularly after he was murdered by people they called strangers.
They said revenge ought to take place before peace could be negotiated. In other words, in the archetypal Enga tradition, when a leader of Mr Cappo’s calibre was exterminated in the manner that was done, there must be retaliation, mainly payback killing.
This, according to their belief among others, is to uphold tribal power on defending property and lives against rivals.
They also think a justice is rightly done to the relatives of the victim when a killing is executed in retaliation.
This was confirmed by the words of Lagaip-Porgera MP Philip Kikala when he said: “If this was in Enga, a tribal fight would have resulted without wasting time.”
There was no doubt that such a deed was proposed with devastating support, but it was not enforced.
The idea was robustly opposed to the resentment of the majority of the relatives since the brutal murder of Mr Cappo until today.
The foiling of the traditional payback killing, which rarely happens in a classic Engan society, particularly when a person died under circumstances similar to that of Mr Cappo, was driven by a group of educated relatives and leaders of the Lagaip-Porgera community in the capital city.
Indeed, Engans who would like to promote a good image about their province, the law enforcing bodies, and the parties concerned with the plight of the West Papuans should give any credits that may due to senior state lawyer David Lambu, community leader Wallen Laipen, Mr Kikala and others that resisted such plans.
Pointing his fingers at one of those who advocated payback killing, Laipen said: “This is the capital city of the country, not your village in Enga. Will you be around to face those who front up after causing all these problem? No, you will go into hiding and I will be there to face them.
“That is why I do not want such plans.”
Mr Kikala said Mr Cappo was one of the pioneers of modern education in Enga, particularly in the Laiagam area and any problems caused would not do any good to his achievements. “Late Ivo Cappo was first to be educated, first to get a job, first to be promoted in the public service and a first magistrate as far as our area is concerned.
“This beautiful story that he left behind when he was killed must not be stained by any criminal actions,” he said.
He said it was in the best interest of the public including the majority of his relatives, friends, colleagues of the justice sector and state authorities to allow the due process of the law to deal with those responsible for the death of Mr Cappo.
Mr Kikala also thanked community leaders from their area, mainly Mr Lambu and Laipen for doing a laudable job in suppressing illicit schemes including payback killing.
“I am so grateful that our leaders, mainly David and others have done a wonderful job in keeping our people under control.
“This must continue, particularly while we are living in a community with a mixture of people from different cultures and races,” he said. He said traditional practices that were conflicting to the laws of the country and other ethnic groups’ way of living should not be practised in the city, adding it was time the leaders of different communities taught their people to discard practices that were inappropriate in contemporary PNG.
Mr Cappo from Laiagam area in Enga Province was a principal magistrate at the Port Moresby Court at the time of his brutal killing last weekend.
He was described by many as a down to earth person who mixed well with the grassroots population in the streets and settlements of Port Moresby and many places including Mendi in Southern Highlands Province where he was working in his 40 years of service to the state through the PNG Magisterial Service.
“He is such a humble person who would always like to help the small people.
“Those who know him will miss him for a long time,” a close friend and Imbongu MP Francis Awesa said.

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Date Posted: Sun, Oct 28 2007, 01:51:22am

Aipo Kappo's death deserve's better than these hooligans! Thanks to Wallen, Lambu and Kikala there won't be any more Engan tribal warfare..

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Date Posted: Sun, Oct 28 2007, 03:58:55pm

Talking about change......this is an excellent start, the onus is now upon all other educated Engans to follow this lead.

Go Laiagam,go for gold and show them how to act peace rather mere talk...

All for one, one for all.


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Date Posted: Sun, Oct 28 2007, 08:59:40pm

From reliable sources, I heard the following:
1. The West Papuan Refugees knew Kapo before they stoned him to death. Kapo's death is related to the court's systems failure to rule some cases (I don;t want cases) in favour of the Refugees settlement at the 8-mile and Ela beach.

2. Soon after Kapo's death, his clans and tribesmen (not those leaders stated on Post Courier's weekend edition) went to 4-mile police station looking for any West Papuans to kill them. The camp that was set at the 4-mile police station did not accomodate any of the refugess...they just broke and burned the camp. Rumours are going around that Motuans and Papuans are accomodating them...Kapo's family are still hunting for them...The police is tight-lipped on the whereabouts of these refugees because they and all of PNG know what Engans and Taris can do.

I won't be suprised when it is reported anytime this week that Engans have mass-murdered some of the refugees.

Tok save tasol.


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Date Posted: Sun, Oct 28 2007, 09:15:27pm

Correction....(I don;t want cases) should be "I don't know the cases"

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