Subject: AN: 2 E Timorese Border Crossers Arrested, Deported


Antara - The Indonesian National News Agency

April 14, 2003


Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara, Apr 14 (ANTARA) - Two East Timorese residents who were captured on Monday at 10:30 hours. Apolinario da Silva immediatly deported the two border crossers to their homeland.

Unfortunately, the deportation was conducted without making any coordination with Belu district police chief Adjunct Commissioner Agus Nugroho SH.

Nugroho justified the deportation after a few minutes of their capture, but he also expressed his regret over the attitude of Bridgadier Apolinario da Silva for having taken such a unilateral policy which was beyond his authority.

"The two border crossers should have been interrogated first at the Belu police headquarter before being deported. "Who knows, the two had a certain motive behind their infiltration into Indonesian territory."

Therefore, the responsibility of law enforcing institution in the circle of the police in the district which directly shares the border with East Timor should accentuate the importance of upholding professionalism and proportional task of the police personnel at the Mota'ain border post.

He promised to improve any weaknesses of his personnel at Mota'ain border post which is often confronted by many problems especially in the implementation of their task in the field.

Last week, his side deported around 13 East Timorese nationals who were captured for illegal entry into the Belu area without any official travel documents.

The decision to send them back to their country was mostly based on humanitarian considerations.


Antara - The Indonesian National News Agency

April 14, 2003


Atambua, E Nusa Tenggara, April 14 (ANTARA) - The wet market in the Mota'ain area in Belu district, near the border with East Timor, resumed its activities on Monday.

The wet market returned to normal after being closed from April 9 to April 13 due to fear that the ex-pro integration fighters would run amok there, Belu Police Chief Adjunct Sen.Coms. Agus Nugroho said.

"From today, the border's wet market is again visited by crowds of traders and buyers from here and East Timor, " he said.

The ex-pro integration fighters planned to run amok in the market area in reaction to the arrest of two of their colleagues, Beni Ludji and Aje Pareira, on April 4, Agus said.

Asked about the number of East Timorese visiting the wet market with about 100 sellers when it was opened from 07.30 am to 12.30 pm on Monday, he said their number reached about 208 people.

The market activities were safeguarded by local police and military personnel, he added.

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