Papuan separatist leader free after 10 years

Papuan pro- independence activist Filep Karma (in vehicle) greeting his supporters after being released from prison in Abepura, Papua province, on Thursday. The high-profile Papuan separatist leader was released from prison after more than a decade b
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Papuan pro- independence activist Filep Karma (in vehicle) greeting his supporters after being released from prison in Abepura, Papua province, on Thursday.

The high-profile Papuan separatist leader was released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, a fresh sign that Indonesia is seeking to ease its tight grip on the restive eastern region.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2015, with the headline 'Papuan separatist leader free after 10 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe