Subject: ABC: Charges laid over East Timor militia murder

Charges laid over East Timor militia murder

In East Timor, prosecutors have laid murder charges against three former militia members accused of crimes against humanity after the independence ballot in 1999.

The former leader of the Aitarak militia, Beny Ludji and two militia members under his command are accused of murdering independence campaigner, Guido Alves Correia in September 1999.

It is alleged one of the accused, Jose Lopes da Cruz Mendonca threw a spear at Correia in his own home, hitting him in the back and that other militia then hacked him to death.

Ludji and the other accused, Jose Pereira are already in detention in East Timor and are expected to stand trial soon.

Mendonca is believed to be at large in Indonesia.

05/06/2003 18:23:48 | ABC Radio Australia News

see SCU: Crimes against Humanity Indictment Charges Indonesian Aitarak Militia Commander Beny Ludji and Aitarak Members With Murder

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