PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/92/98
UA 262/98 Fear for safety 6 October 1998
EAST TIMORMarcos Belo, 28
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Marcos Belo, who is being
held in incommunicado detention by the Indonesian Armed Forces in the town
of Baucau, eastern East Timor.
Marcos Belo was arrested on 30 September 1998, along with three other men,
Ernesto Amaral Belo, Carlos Pinto Belo and Agapito Belo, by an Indonesian Air
Force unit (Angkatan Udara, AU) from the AU base in Baucau (Lanud Baucau).
The arrest took place during a raid on the village of Kaisida, Baucau. Several
items were confiscated from the houses raided by the air force, including
clothing, knives and documents. It is believed that the men were detained on
suspicion of involvement with the underground resistance in East Timor, which
contains an armed wing.
The four men were taken to Baucau Air Force Base, where three of them were
later released. Marcos Belo, however, remains in custody. He has so far been
refused access to legal representation. Amnesty International is concerned
that he could be at risk of torture or ill-treatment while being held
incommunicado in military custody.
In East Timor, the arbitrary arrest of suspected members of the resistance
by the Armed Forces frequently results in both incommunicado detention and
“disappearances”. Since the resignation of Indonesia’s former President Suharto
on 21 May 1998, the frequency of such arrests has declined, but arrests are
still being carried out by the Indonesian Armed Forces, which has no legal
authority to conduct arrests.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send faxes/express/airmail letters in Bahasa
Indonesia or English or your own language:
- urging the authorities to grant Marcos Belo immediate, on-going and regular
access to legal representatives of his choice, and to his family;
- to ensure that any charges against him are immediately clarified and that
steps are taken to guarantee that he is not at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES (ABRI)
Markas Besar ABRI
Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No 13
Faxes: + 62 21 36 1471 / 37 8144/ 35 6404 / 384 5178
Salutation: Dear General Wiranto
MILITARY COMMANDER REGION IX/UDAYANA
(covers Bali, Lombok, Nusa Tenggara and
Maj. Gen. Adam Damiri
Markas Besar KODAM IX/Udayana