“Papua New Guinea officials did deport [Lukas] and his associates for entering the country illegally,” said the head of Papua province’s immigration office Novianti Sulastono. “We are still investigating how he managed to cross to Papua, in line with his standing as a senior official. ”
While Indonesian or Papua New Guinea officials did not say how the latter knew Lukas was in Papua New Guinea, the motorcycle taxi driver who has taken him has his own theories.
“My co-worker probably tipped off authorities in Papua New Guinea,” said Hendri, not his real name. “He grew suspicious when he noticed that Lukas paid me Rp. 100 thousand [$6.88] instead of the usual tariff of Rp. 7000 [$0.48] to take him to Papua New Guinea.”
Lukas did not say how many times he has gone back and forth to Papua New Guinea, or whether he has been previously deported. Papua is one of Indonesia's most troubled provinces, as it contends with corruption, mismanagement and an ongoing insurgency.
(Editor : Pythag Kurniati, Dheri Agriesta)