Subject: Mob attacks Jakarta office of Timor rights group

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Mob attacks Jakarta office of Timor rights group

JAKARTA, May 24 (Reuters) - A mob attacked the Jakarta office of an Indonesian human rights group for East Timor on Wednesday, injuring four people and stealing documents, local television reported.

Indonesia's SCTV television said the offices of Solidamor, or the Solidarity Forum for Peace in East Timor, were badly damaged in the attack.

Solidamor, an Indonesian non-governmental organisation, has for years campaigned to promote human rights in East Timor, which voted last year to break from 24 years of Indonesian rule.

The independence vote sparked a campaign of violence by pro-Jakarta militias backed by the Indonesian military, leaving hundreds dead and much of the territory in ruins.

Tens of thousands of East Timorese refugees are still living in camps across the border in Indonesian-controlled West Timor.

The motive for Wednesday's attack was unclear.

On Tuesday, state investigators questioned former military chief General Wiranto for the second time in a week over his role in last year's violence in East Timor.

Wiranto was sacked from the cabinet earlier this year after an official inquiry implicated him in the violence.

Indonesia is under heavy international pressure to bring those responsible for the violence to court. It has said that trials of senior soldiers could begin in two months.

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