Subject: Tempo: Supreme Court judge orders reopening of Guterres gun case

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October 14, 2000, Saturday

Supreme Court judge orders reopening of Guterres case

'Tempo', Jakarta, in Indonesian 12 Oct 00

Text of report by Indonesian newspaper 'Tempo' on 12th October

Tempo Interaktif, Kupang: The Supreme Court Justice ordered the East Nusa Tenggara High Court to reopen the illegal gun possession case against Eurico Guterres. During a previous trial, the Kupang District Court dismissed the Guterres case. The former Chief Justice of the East Nusa Tenggara High Court, Said A. Harahap, announced the order to reopen the case following the inauguration of his successor, FX Samijo SH, at the office of the East Nusa Tenggara Governor in Kupang today.

The order to resubmit charges against Guterres comes after allegations of improper and unreasonable conduct by Guterres' defence lawyer. One allegation concerns the employment status of Eurico. At several trial hearings, Eurico wore army-style camouflage. At other times, he wore casual civilian clothing.

"The District Court's reason for dismissing Eurico's case is improper and must be rejected. Therefore, the case will be reopened," said Harahap, who will take his new job as Supreme Court Justice. According to Harahap, the justices have not yet chosen a trial location.

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