Subject: JP: Habibie to testify at East Timor human rights trial

Received from Joyo Indonesian News

The Jakarta Post [online] March 12, 2003

Habibie to testify at East Timor human rights trial

JAKARTA (JP): Former President B.J. Habibie said on Wednesday that he was ready to testify at the ad hoc Human Rights Tribunal here on human right violations in East Timor.

"I will comply the court summons to testify as a witness on March 20," Habibie was quoted as saying by Metro TV.

It is still unclear whether Habibie's testimony would be for or against those accused of human rights violations during and after the 1999 ballot which led East Timor into independence.

Separately, the television station reported that former Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. (ret) Wiranto welcomed Habibie's readiness to testify.

Wiranto was among top military officials indicted by East Timor's Special Crimes Unit for their involvement in the human right violations, including murder and forced deportation.

The tribunal court sentenced former Dili Military Resort Commander Brig. Gen. Noer Muis on Wednesday to five years in jail for human right violations.

The court has earlier sentenced two military and police officers and two civilians with punishment ranging from three-years jail to 10-years jail.


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