Subject: LUSA: Gov't scrutinizes 2 reports on Dili riots Wednesday

17-12-2002 21:16:00. Notícia nº 4461654…

East Timor: Gov't scrutinizes 2 reports on Dili riots Wednesday

Dili, Dec. 17 (Lusa) - The East Timorese government is to analyze a report from an independent inquiry into the rioting of Dec. 4, which has drawn together accounts of the violence from 20 Timorese and foreign witnesses.

A government source told Lusa Tuesday that the report is still being studied by Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, who will present the document to a meeting of the Dili cabinet Wednesday.

The head of the independent inquiry, Mariano Lopes da Cruz, told Lusa that "it is necessary to deepen investigations" to discover all those responsible for Timor's worst violence since pro-Jakarta militias went on a deadly rampage in 1999.

A parliamentary investigation into this month's disturbances has already been handed over to the Dili government and this report will also be discussed at the meeting of the Timorese executive.

The head of the parliamentary inquiry team told Lusa Monday that the Dec. 4 street protests began "spontaneously" but appeared to have deteriorated into mob violence with "political motivation".

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