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Indonesia / East Timor: further information on: arbitrary detention / fear of torture / fear for safety

, Index number: ASA 21/004/1996

Martinho Pereira and 12 other East Timorese, 32 protestors at the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta, at least four protestors at French and Thai Embassies; AI has received confirmation that Martinho Pereira was released from custody on 5 January 1996.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/04/96
10 January 1995
Further information on EXTRA 157/95 (ASA 21/64/95, 7 December 1995), and
follow-ups ASA 21/65/95, 8 December and ASA 21/67/95, 19 December 1995-
Arbitrary detention / Fear of torture / Fear for safety
INDONESIA / EAST TIMORMartinho Pereira and 12 other East Timorese
32 protestors at the Dutch Embassy in Jakarta
at least four protestors at French and Thai Embassies
Amnesty International has received confirmation that Martinho Pereira, arrested
on 4 December 1995 in Surabaya, East Java, was released from military custody
on 5 January.
He had been arrested by the authorities who suspected him of being responsible
for embassy demonstrations in Jakarta. Fears for his safety were compounded
by the fact that the authorities did not confirm whether he was being detained
or clarify his precise whereabouts, leaving him at risk of ill-treatment and
torture. In addition, lawyers who had obtained power of attorney were not
permitted to meet with him. No further appeals are requested on behalf of
Martinho Pereira.
None of those who entered the embassies are still in detention. However, the
whereabouts of the 12 detained in East Timor is unclear, so appeals can continue
on their behalf.

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