Subject: Portuguese deputy calls for Suharto's extradition
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 1998 23:38:56 GMT
Portuguese deputy calls for Suharto's extradition
LISBON, Nov 15 (AFP) - A Portuguese politician has called for the extradition from Jakarta of former Indonesian president Suharto to face charges of genocide here, an official source said.
Nuno Correia da Silva, a deputy of the nationalist Popular Party, called on the procurator general to issue an order against Suharto for "crimes of genocide, homicide and offences against the physical and moral well-being, of the people of East Timor."
East Timor, a former Portuguese territory, was annexed by Indonesia in 1976 a move that cost more than 200,000 lives and was never recognised by the United Nations.
The parliamentary deputy stressed that, in international law, Timor is still a Portuguese territory.
Correia da Silva added that the extradition order issued by a Spanish judge against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who is currently being held in London, had opened "a new chapter in international rights, where there are no frontiers for the law and for the legitimacy of the rule of law."
Meanwhile in violence-wracked Jakarta Sunday, Indonesia's national Commission on Human Rights called on President B.J. Habibie to launch an immediate investigation into abuses of power by Suharto during his 32-year rule, a report said Sunday.
A clamor for a probe into Suharto's wealth, estimated by the US business magazine, Forbes, to be in the vicinity of four billion dollars, has risen since the veteran leader stepped down on May 21.
The kind of student rioting which led to Suharto's fall is currently being repeated in the Indonesian capital, amid continuing calls for democratic reforms.
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