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Susi Pudjiastuti hopes hostage pilot can be released unconditionally

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Jakarta, IO – Susi Pudjiastuti, founder and owner of Susi Air, hopes the pilot, who has been held hostage for 22 days by the Papuan armed criminal group (KKB) can be released unconditionally.

“Keep hoping and praying for the unconditional release of Captain Philips Mark,” she said on Wednesday (1/3).

The New Zealand pilot was kidnapped after his plane was torched upon landing at Paro Airport, Nduga on February 7. According to Susi, she was shocked by the incident because her airline has never encountered any security threat before.

The incident has also caused 70 percent of porter flights to stop operations and this has affected the logistics distribution in Papua Highlands. Susi said she regretted this disruption.

She said Susi Air will continue to coordinate with TNI-Polri so that the hostage can be released as soon as possible.

Read: TPNPB-OPM asks the UN to mediate the release of New Zealand pilot taken hostage in Papua

“I hope that everyone, the local government, Papuan leaders, Papuan people and Free Papua Organization can consider the interests of the community in obtaining their basic needs and access to transportation, which is human rights that cannot be simply taken away. Even though there has yet been any progress, we must not give up,” she said. (bp)

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