Australians charged over illegal landing in Indonesia


TIMIKA, Indonesia — Five Australians arrested after illegally landing a light plane in Indonesia’s Papua province were charged with immigration offenses on Monday and face seven years’ jail, police said. The two women and three men, including the pilot, were arrested when they made an unannounced landing at Mopah airport in Papua’s Merauke district on September 12, after a flight from northeastern Australia.

“The five Australians have been named suspects. On Friday, we submitted their case file to the prosecutor’s office to be processed,” Papua chief detective Paulus Waterpauw said.