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UN indicts Indonesian generals JAKARTA - The UN has indicted the former Indonesian armed forces chief along with six other generals and East Timor's ex-governor for crimes against humanity during the territory's bloody independence vote in 1999. "The accused have all been charged with crimes against humanity for murder, deportation and persecution," the United Nations said in a statement issued in the East Timorese capital of Dili.
The statement said the alleged crimes "were all undertaken as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against the civilian population of East Timor and specifically targeted those who were believed to be supporters of independence for East Timor".
Topping the list of indictments is former Indonesian armed forces commander General Wiranto, who has long been named as the man most responsible for the bloodletting that swept the former Indonesian territory when its citizens voted for independence in a 1999 UN-sponsored referendum.
Rights groups have long called for Wiranto, who like many Indonesians uses a single name, to be held accountable. Six generals who were responsible for security in East Timor and former governor Abilio Jose Osorio Soares were charged with funding, training and arming the pro-Indonesia militias that joined the Indonesian military in killing nearly 2000 people and forcing 250,000 Timorese to flee their homes before and after the referendum.
Arrest warrants have been requested from the Dili District Court. They would then be forwarded to Indonesia's Attorney-General, UN officials said. The United Nations governed East Timor for two-and-a-half years until the territory achieved independence last May. The world body still provides government advisers, several hundred policemen and about 2,500 peacekeeping troops in the world's newest nation.
Nearly 150 suspects have so far been charged by the United Nations over violence carried out in East Timor. Jakarta has so far refused to honour UN arrest warrants, citing its policy not to extradite its nationals, and it seems unlikely that Indonesia will hand over Wiranto or the six other generals to prosecutors in East Timor.



Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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