Indonesia was behind East Timor atrocitiesJuly 11th, 2008 - 6:14 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, July 11 (ANI): Indonesian soldiers, police and civilian officials were involved in an “organised campaign of violence” that prompted Australian military intervention in East Timor in 1999, according to a leaked report by a government inquiry.
The report is a major embarrassment - and potential test - for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is due to jointly release it with East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta early next week.
The 300-page report was prepared by a commission set up by the two governments in an attempt to blunt pressure for an international tribunal to examine crimes against humanity committed around the time of East Timor’’s vote for independence in August 1999.
That violence claimed up to 1500 lives.
The Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) report obtained by The Age finds that Indonesian police, army and civilian government officials funded, armed and co-ordinated anti-independence militias that carried out crimes against humanity. (ANI)
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