Subject: LUSA: Attorney General against Wiranto arrest warrant, sees foreign agenda

11-05-2004 12:09:00 GMT . Fonte LUSA. Notícia SIR-6023018 Temas:

East Timor: Attorney General against Wiranto arrest warrant, sees foreign agenda

Dili, May 11 (Lusa) - East Timor's attorney general, Longuinhos Monteiro, criticized Tuesday a UN-backed Dili court's issuing of an arrest warrant against Indonesia's General Wiranto on charges of crimes against humanity, charging the move served foreign "political strategies".

Monday's arrest warrant, Monteiro told a news conference, was "not in the interest of East Timor's interests" and was part of "political strategies in the interests of other countries", which he did not identify.

He said he would explain his position, which appeared to reflect the stance of other Timorese leaders, to parliament Friday.

"There's a political agenda that does not interest East Timor", Monteiro told Lusa after the news conference, adding that the arrest warrant demonstrated "a lack of respect" for Dili's own "political strategy".

The Timorese leadership has often indicated they were more concerned about normalizing relations with former occupier Indonesia than in bringing to justice those responsible for the scorched-earth campaign at the time of the territory's 1999 independence plebiscite.

Coinciding with Monteiro's news conference, several dozen demonstrators marched through Dili Tuesday in support of the United Nations-backed court's action Monday against Gen. Wiranto, a candidate in Indonesia's July presidential elections and Jakarta's defense minister and military chief in 1999.

The warrant was issued by an UN-appointed judge on Dili's Special Panel for Serious Crimes.

The court has indicted Wiranto, along with six other senior Indonesian officers and officials, for direct and indirect responsibility in "homicide, deportation and persecution" in East Timor in 1999.

EL/SAS Lusa

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