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Subject: LUSA: Lisbon Lawmaker to Seek Suharto's Extradition on Murder Charges
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 07:35:02 -0500 (EST)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

11 DEZ 98 - 12:14 East Timor: Lisbon Lawmaker to Seek Suharto's Extradition on Murder Charges

Lisbon, Dec. 11 (Lusa) - Portuguese legislator Nuno Correia da Silva announced Thursday he was pressing forward with plans to seek an international arrest warrant against former Indonesian leader Suharto on charges of murders in East Timor. "My intention is the trial of 200 crimes of homicide prepetrated against (East) Timorese, not a trial of Suharto's political regime," the rightist Popular Party lawmaker said. "Portugal is the administrative power in East Timor and as such has administrative responsibilities for justice in the territory," he added. The United Nations has never recognized Jakarta's sovereignty over the Portuguese territory, which Indonesia invaded in 1975. Correia da Silva's announcement followed his meeting with the Justice Minister to inform the government of his intentions. Last month, Portugal's chief prosecutor determined that national legislation would not permit the extradition request.

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