Subject: ABC: Leandro Isaac leaves police HQ
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 17:32:57 -0400
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Saturday 29 May, 1999

E Timor independence leader leaves protective custody

An East Timorese independence leader has left protective custody in Dili's police headquarters to return to his own home, which has been placed under 24-hour police guard.

The member of the territory's umbrella independence party was able to go home under a deal brokered with police by the United Nations.

Leandro Isaac has been living at Dili's police headquarters since April 18, the day after pro-Integration militia attacked the house of fellow Independence leader, Manuel Carascalo.

Today, Leandro Isaac returned to his home on the outskirts of Dili and was welcomed by the cheers of his family and neighbours.

He said that he was allowed to return home after the United Nations brokered a deal with police to place his house under 24 hour guard.

In other developments today, a pro-autonomy rally was held in a village 12-kilometres from Dili.

At the rally the Indonesian flag was dipped in a mixture of people's blood and onlookers were warned that a vote for independence would mean a return to the civil war of 1975.

© 1999 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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