|Subject: Gusmao intervenes to cool down
Timor jail protest
Received from Joyo Indonesian News
Gusmao intervenes to cool down Timor jail protest
JAKARTA, March 19 (AFP) - East Timor independence hero Xanana Gusmao intervened Tuesday to help cool down a prison protest in the territory's capital Dili, the United Nations said.
Most of the 250 prisoners at Becora jail refused to return to their cells Monday night until their complaints about poor conditions were heard, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said in a statement.
Some "minor damage" was caused to prison facilities, it said.
The prisoners returned to their cells after meeting with Justice Minister Ana Pessoa and his deputy Domingos Sarmento late Monday and with Gusmao Tuesday morning, it said.
UNTAET said an independent investigation had been launched into the complaints,
Gusmao is standing in the April 14 presidential election and is considered a certain winner. The territory becomes independent on May 20.
Note: For those who would like to fax "the powers that be" - CallCenter is a Native 32-bit Voice Telephony software application integrated with fax and data communications... and it's free of charge! Download from http://www.v3inc.com/