Subject: AN: Gov't Should ET to Settle Shooting Case

GOVT SHOULD URGE E TIMOR TO SETTLE SHOOTING CASE

May 2, 2005 12:51am Antara

Atambua, E Nusa Tenggara, April 30 (ANTARA) - Indonesia should immediately urge East Timor to prosecute its police officer who shot an Indonesian first leutenant who was patroling the border between the two countries recently.

The shooting was a violation of human rights and agreement between the Indonesian military (TNI) and the East Timor Border Patrol Unit (BPU), former East Timorese refugee Joao da Silva Tavares said on Saturday.

First Lt. Deddy Setyawan was shot in the leg while he and other Indonesian soldiers were patroling the border last April 21.

Tavares believed Deddy was still in Indonesian territory when the East Timorese police opened fire on him.

He said all former East Timorese refugees in Belu district, East Nusa Tenggara, supported the step taken by chief of the Wirasakti Military Command in East Nusa Tenggara Col. Amir Hamka Manan to boycott coordination meetings between TNI and BPU.

Col. Manan said recently TNI would attend any meetings to discuss the shooting only after the perpetrators had been prosecuted by the authorities in East Timor.

(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)

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