Subject: East Timor court to try two militiamen - Lusa

East Timor court to try two militiamen - Lusa

LISBON, May 3 (Reuters) - An East Timor court will try two militiamen for crimes against humanity during a wave of violence after the Asian territory voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999, news agency Lusa reported on Thursday.

Lusa named the accused as Anastasio Martins and Domingos Goncalves and said they were both members of the Besi Merah Putih militia and charged with murder and forced deportation in the former Portuguese colony.

The United Nations estimates that more than 1,000 people died during a bloody rampage by pro-Indonesian militias after East Timor voted overwhelmingly in August 1999 to end more than 20 years of often brutal rule from Jakarta.

One Timorese militia boss, Eurico Guterres, received a light sentence on Monday from an Indonesian court of six months imprisonment for inciting violence in a town on the border with East Timor last year, which forced two U.N. observers to flee.

East Timor is currently under an interim U.N. administration preparing the territory for full independence, which it hopes to achieve by the end of this year.


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