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Further information on UA 198/94 (ASA 21/12/94, 23 May; and follow-up ASA 21/15/94, 2 June) - Indonesia / East Timor: fear of torture / arbitrary detention: Jose Antonio Neves, Antonio Soares, Anibal, Isaac, Lucas Tilman dos Santos, Marcos, Miguel, Nuno d

, Index number: ASA 21/023/1994

Pedro Fatima Tilman, Miguel and Is (believed to be Isaac), three of the East Timorese named above, have been brought to trial at Dili District Court. Two others are due to be tried on 21 or 22 June. Of those arrested and detained in East Timor, some are believed to have now been released. According to reports, none of the three have been accompanied by legal counsel, either during interrogation or during their trial. The exact charges laid against them are unknown. They were arrested for taking part in a peaceful pro-independence demonstration in front of the Mahkota Hotel in Dili, during a visit to East Timor by foreign journalists.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 21/23/94
Distr: UA/SC
20 June 1994
Further information on UA 198/94 (ASA 21/12/94, 23 May 1994) - and follow-up
(ASA 21/15/94, 2 June) - Fear of torture/arbitrary detention
INDONESIA/EAST TIMOR: Jose Antonio Neves {held in Malang, East Java}
Antonio Soares {now released}
Anibal )
Isaac )
Lucas Tilman dos Santos )
Marcos )
Miguel ) originally
Nuno de Andrade Sarmento Corvelho ) detained
Octaviano ) in East Timor
Pantaleão )
Pedro Fatima Tilman )
Rosalino )
Rui Fernandes )
Amnesty international has learned that Pedro Fatima Tilman, Miguel and Is
(believed to be Isaac), three of the East Timorese named above, have been brought
to trial at Dili District Court. Two others are due to be brought to trial
on 21 or 22 June, probably from among the group of those named above. Of those
arrested and detained in East Timor, some are believed to have now been released.
According to reports none of the three have been accompanied by legal counsel,
either during interrogation or during their trial. Pedro Fatima Tilman and
Miguel were arrested on 3 May after they had taken part in a peaceful
pro-independence demonstration in front of the Mahkota Hotel in Dili during
a visit to East Timor by foreign journalists. Isaac is believed to have been
arrested at around the same time, also for taking part in the demonstration.
While the exact legislation under which the three have been charged remains
unknown, they have probably been charged under Article 154 or 155 of the
Indonesian Criminal Code, which define the expression of hostility toward the
government as a criminal offence. The state prosecutor has apparently demanded
four years' imprisonment for each of the defendants.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- expressing concern that five East Timorese, including Pedro Fatima Tilman,
Miguel and Isaac, are being tried and may be imprisoned because of peacefully
demonstrating against the Indonesian presence in East Timor;
- expressing further concern that the defendants have been tried in
contravention of both Indonesian and international law, including by being
denied access to legal counsel of their own choosing;
- urging the Indonesian Government to immediately release all those detained
solely for peaceful political activities.
APPEALS TO:
1. MINISTER OF JUSTICE
Haji Utoyo Usman S.H.
Menteri Kehakiman
2
Jl. Rasuna Said Kav. 6-7
Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia
Faxes: +62 21 3141 625
Telexes: 44404 ditjenim ia
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Minister Utoyo Usman
2. MILITARY COMMANDER REGION IX
(covers Bali, Lombok and Nusa Tenggara
including East Timor)
Brigadier-General R. Adang Ruchiatna
Pangdam
Markas Besar KODAM IX Udayana
Denpasar
Bali, Indonesia
Telegrams: Pangdam IX/Udayana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Salutation: Dear Brigadier-General Adang Ruchiatna
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Lt. Gen. (Ret) Ali Said
Chairman, National Commission on Human Rights
c/o Directorat Jenderal Pemasyarakatan
Jl. Veteran No. 11
Jakarta Pusat
Indonesia
Faxes: +62 21 3141 625 (c/o Ministry of Justice)
and to diplomatic representatives of Indonesia/East Timor accredited to your
country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 1 August 1994.

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