PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/18/99
10 March 1999
Further information on UA 37/99 (ASA 21/11/99, 26 February 1999) - Fear of
torture / Ill-treatment
EAST TIMOREleven men (including Armindo da Costa, aged 18)
Armindo da Costa is now believed to have been charged with murder in connection
with the death of a pro-Indonesian paramilitary member, Joaniko Gomes, on 22
February 1999 and to have been appointed a lawyer. The ten others mentioned
above were released earlier this month.
Armindo da Costa was arrested along with 18 others on 22 February - seven were
released soon after for medical treatment - after a violent confrontation in
the village of Vatuvou in Liquisa District between youths in support of East
Timorese independence and members of a pro-Indonesian armed paramilitary group
called Besi Merah Putih (literally “the iron red and white” - referring to
the colours of the Indonesian flag). Joaniko Gomes, a member of Besi Merah
Putih was killed during the confrontation and another member wounded. Four
pro-independence youths were also wounded.
No more action is required. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.