Subject: AI EXTRA 62/99 EAST TIMOR Torture / ill-treatment
Date: 24 May 99 17:59:29 -0400
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PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/45/99

24 May 1999

Further information on EXTRA 62/99 (ASA 21/43/99, 20 May 1999) - Fear for safety / possible "disappearance" New Concern - Torture / ill-treatment

EAST TIMOR

Roberto da Carmo (previously given as Ramameta) Gaspar Lopes (previously given as Halerik) Januarii Anderade

It has been confirmed that Roberto da Carmo (previously given as Ramameta) and Gaspar Lopes (previously given as Halerik) are in custody at the regional police headquarters (POLDA) in Dili. Both were beaten in custody in Aileu and Dili, and their faces are said to be bruised and swollen. Lawyers have tried to see both men, but have been denied access.

The two men were arrested in Aileu on 19 May 1999. Roberto da Carmo is the Commander of Region II of the Timorese Armed Resistance, Falintil. Gaspar Lopes is also a Falintil member.

Januarii Anderade, their driver, has been released.

FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: If possible, please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/ airmail letters in Bahasa Indonesia, English or in your own language:

- urging the authorities to ensure that Roberto da Carmo and Gaspar Lopes are not tortured or ill-treated in custody;

- urging the authorities to investigate allegations that Roberto da Carmo and Gaspar Lopes were beaten in custody;

- urging the authorities to clarify any charges brought against Roberto da Carmo and Gaspar Lopes and urging that they be immediately and unconditionally released if they are not to be charged with a recognisably criminal offence;

- urging that they be given immediate, regular and continuing access to independent legal advice, medical assistance and their families.

APPEALS TO: (Time difference = GMT + 7 hrs / BST + 6 hrs)

Minister of Defence and Security

Gen. Wiranto [Salutation: Dear Minister] Menteri Pertahanan dan Keamanan Jl. Medan Merdeka Jakarta 10110 Indonesia Telegrams: General Wiranto, Jakarta, Indonesia Faxes: + 62 21 381 4535 / 384 5178

Commander Resort Military Command (KOREM) 164/Wiradharma (covers East Timor)

Colonel Tono Suratman [Salutation:Dear Colonel Suratman] Markas KOREM 164/Wiradharma Dili East Timor, Indonesia Telegrams: Colonel Suratman, KOREM, Dili, East Timor, Indonesia Faxes/Tel: + 62 390 321 624 / 62 390 321 512

PLEASE SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO: Embassy of Indonesia, 38 Grosvenor Square, London W1X 9AD. Fax: 0171 491 4993

AND, IF POSSIBLE, TO THE FOLLOWING:

President

Jusuf Habibie Presiden RI Istana Negara Jl. Veteran Jakarta Pusat Indonesia Fax: + 62 21 526 8726 / 21 380 5511 / 21 345 7782 (via ministry of Foreign Affairs)

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please do not send appeals after 24 June 1999.


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