Three East Timorese held for bid to kill president

April 18th, 2008 - 11:44 pm ICT by admin  

Jakarta, April 18 (DPA) The Indonesian police have detained three members of East Timor’s military suspected to have been involved in the assassination attempt on East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta in February. “Last night and this (Friday) morning, the Indonesian National Police forces have captured and detained three East Timorese nationals,” Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a press conference.

He said they were arrested based on the warrants issued by the East Timor government, adding that the three allegedly crossed the border illegally into Indonesia shortly after the shooting.

“The three are members of the Timor Leste military,” Yudhoyono said.

During the press conference, Yudhoyono expressed “surprise” to hear a statement made by East Timor’s president, who revealed that elements in Indonesian provided support to rebel leader Alfredo Reinado.

Ramos-Horta, on his emotional return to East Timor on Thursday after two months in Darwin for treatment to gunshot wounds, said investigators found Alfredo Reinado had “a lot of contact with elements in Indonesia.”

Reinado was killed along with another rebel as he led the February 11 attacks on the president’s Dili house, which nearly killed Ramos-Horta.

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped uninjured from an attack on his motorcade a short time later.

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