Subject: LUSA: Dili indicts 17 militiamen, Indonesian soldiers in 1999 atrocities

30-09-2003 12:57:00. Notícia nº SIR-5452512 Temas: new destaque3 East Timor: Dili indicts 17 militiamen, Indonesian soldiers in 1999 atrocities

Dili, Sept. 30 (Lusa) - East Timor indicted 14 pro-Jakarta militiamen and three Indonesian soldiers Tuesday for human rights crimes committed around the time of the country's 1999 independence plebiscite.

Militia boss Laurentino Soares and 13 of his fighters were accused of murdering 10 independence activists in Oecussi district in September and October of 1999.

The three Indonesian soldiers were accused of killing two civilians.

Dili's indictments, observers said, were largely symbolic as all 17 suspects are believed to be in Indonesia.

Jakarta refuses extradition requests related to the bloody anti- independence campaign carried out by its proxy militias and Indonesian security forces.

Dili said it was forwarding arrest warrants to Jakarta and Interpol.

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