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Subject: AFP: Indonesian general to ignore US damages ruling
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 15:43:16 +1200
From: sonny inbaraj <ausasia@ozemail.com.au> Organization: The AustralAsian

Indonesian general to ignore US damages ruling over East Timor killing

JAKARTA, Oct 29 (AFP) - An Indonesian general said he will ignore a US court order to pay 14 million dollars to the mother of a New Zealander killed during a 1991 massacre in East Timor, a report said Thursday

"The government does not agree with the court's decision. I will just continue as usual," said Sintong Panjaitan, who was chief of the Bali-based Udayana military command responsible for security in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor when the massacre took place.

Indonesian troops opened fire on peaceful pro-independence demonstrators at the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili, the main town of East Timor, on November 12, 1991.

Jakarta has said 50 people were killed in the shooting and listed another 50 as missing, while other estimates, including from witnesses, spoke of up to 200 deaths.

Kamal Bamadhaj, a Malaysian-New Zealander activist, was among those killed.

His mother, Helen Todd, took the case to a court in Boston, where Panjaitan was transfered for studies after the massacre.

The court ruled in Todd's favor but Panjaitan had by then returned to Indonesia.

Panjaitan is now the secretary of development operations at the state secretariat.

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