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Forkorus Yaboisembut

Forkorus Yaboisembut was declared the president of West Papua at the 2011
Third Papuan Congress. Immediately following the congress, Indonesian soldiers
stormed the congregation and arrested Mr Yaboisembut. In March 2012
Mr Yaboisembut, along with four others, known as the “Jayapura5”, were trialled for
treason and are currently serving a three-year sentence.

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