Subject: JP: Tono's sentencing delayed

April 10, 2003 Tono's sentencing delayed

JAKARTA: Prosecutors failed to demand a sentence for former East Timor Military commander Brig. Gen. Tono Suratman on Wednesday, saying they were unprepared.

"We have yet to complete a demand," chief prosecutor Gabriel Simangungsong told the human rights court hearing, presided over by judge Andi Samsan Nganro.

The court had given the prosecutors two weeks to prepare the demand.

Andi adjourned the hearing until Monday.

Tono is accused of failing to prevent his subordinates from allowing a mob to attack a church and the residence of independence leader Manuel Carrascalao in Dili in April 1999.

The rights tribunal tried 16 people for their involvement in gross human rights violations in East Timor in 1999. Eleven of them were acquitted. -- JP


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