Subject: AN: RI Military Hands Over Cuban Doctor To E Nusa Tenggara Police

RI MILITARY HANDS OVER CUBAN DOCTOR TO E NUSA TENGGARA POLICE

03/27/2006 04:51:38 PM EST Antara

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara, Feb 16 (ANTARA) - The Security Task Force in the border area of East Nusa Tenggara and East Timor on Thursday handed an illegal border-crosser, a Cuban doctor who was working in East Timor, to the East Nusa Tenggara's Intelligence and Security Directorate for further questioning, a local military officer said.

Dr. Ramon Ballestero Escobar (39) crossed the Indonesian-East Timor border and entered the territory of the Indonesian province of East Nusatenggara Wednesday morning because he reportedly could not bear living conditions in the newly independent neighboring country.

Wirasakti Military Command Chief Col. Noch Bola said the Indonesian Military (TNI) had completed its task by guarding him in entering the area illegally on Wednesday.

"Because he seeks asylum, we hand over his case to the Police and he is now being questioned by the Police," he added.

Dr. Escobar who worked in Suai, Covalima district, was found by Border Security Task Force command chief Lt. Col. Ediwan Prabowo and his men when they were patrolling the border in the Indonesian district of Belu and took him into custody at the task force's Pukapehan Post in southern Belu for trespassing on Indonesian territory.

(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)

16-02 2006


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