JAKARTA - The government named a 79-member team Wednesday to investigate human rights violations in East Timor during the last days of Indonesian rule in the province. The team includes 38 prosecutors and 16 police officers and has a three-month mandate to conduct an inquiry of last year's campaign of rape, murder and destruction.
Attorney General Marzuki Darusman said the team would follow up on a report released in January by a panel of state-appointed human right investigators. The panel, known as the Investigative Commission of Human Rights Abuses in East Timor, found that former military chief Gen. Wiranto and several other generals were implicated in the violence.
The report led to Wiranto's suspension from the government. Pro-Jakarta militias in East Timor went on a rampage following an overwhelming vote for independence in a U.N.-sponsored plebiscite on Aug. 30. About 250 people were killed and thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed.