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Subject: Soldier on trial for Manatuto killing
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 14:58:41 +0100 (BST)
From: TAPOL

Dili, MateBEAN, 26 June 1998

A soldier has gone on trial for killing a young East Timorese in Manatuto on 22 June. The soldier, Sergeant Slamet, has been charged under article 336 of the Military Criminal Code for taking a life for which the maximum sentence is fifteen years, plus dismissal from the armed forces.

The accused is charged with using an FNC rifle to shoot at a truck that had been driven to the spot by Herman. The victim was shot in the waist and the chest. The autopsy revealed that a bullet had penetrated his spleen.

Following the murder, hundreds of people later protested by attacking the Manatuto military command, the barracks and the local headquarters of Brimob, the special police unit and the police headquarters in Manatuto. The protesters had demanded that the soldier responsible be put on trial.

They also demanded that troops of battalion 315 from the West Java Siliwangi Division should be withdrawn from East Timor.


TAPOL, Indonesia Human Rights Campaign, 111 Northwood Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8HW, UK Phone: 0181 771-2904 Fax: 0181 653-0322 email: tapol@gn.apc.org Defending the rights of the victims of Indonesian oppression in Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh.