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Subject: Dili murder
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 1998 01:24:10 +1000
From: (Geoffrey Heard)


 For immediate release: 11.45 pm AEST, Friday 31/7/98

Dili student leader gunned down by secret police assassination squad

SYDNEY: Three Indonesian secret police (SGI) thugs in civilian clothes gunned down East Timorese student leader, Pedro Araķjo, 24, outside his home in Dili early on Thursday, according to Timorese separatist leaders. Family members told how the three gunmen banged on the Araķjo family home door in the Dili suburb of Bairro Pite at about two o'clock in the morning. As Pedro Araķjo stepped outside, they mowed him down with a fusillade of nine shots.

They then radioed waiting police to take Araķjo's bullet riddled body away. Late tonight, police were refusing to return the body to his grieving family.

The President of the Timorese Democratic Union, Jo„o Carrascal„o, tonight called on Indonesia's President B. J. Habibie to order the instant arrest of the three assassins and to take immediate steps to stop the bloodshed. "If President Habibie is genuine about peace in East Timor, he will immediately condemn this killing, order the arrest of the assassins, and have them tried openly under civilian law for the crime of murder. "He will also order an immediate end to the terror in East Timor and he will make that order stick.

"If he does not do that, we will know he either cannot or will not do it. Either way, we and the world will know just how genuine President Habibie is and whether he is truly the President of Indonesia or just a puppet in the hands of the faceless men of the army and intelligence services." Mr Carrascal„o said the hearts of Timorese all over the world were with Pedro Araķjo's family tonight. "He was a young man who had shown exceptional leadership qualities in the recent peaceful anti-Indonesian demonstrations. President Habibie should have been seeking him out to talk to him about a peaceful solution in East Timor. "Instead, assassins mercilessly gunned him down on his own doorstep."

FURTHER INFORMATION: Jo„o Carrascal„o, President, UDT % (02) 9823 5616 0418 767 101 Issued on behalf of UDT by Geoffrey Heard & Associates Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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