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East Timor: Further information on fear of torture

, N° d'index: ASA 21/046/1997

Jose Antonio Belo, Guilherme dos Santos, Manuel, Cesario da Costa (name previously unknown); David Alex: Amnesty International remains concerned at the lack of clarity surrounding the circumstances of David Alex's death. It is believed that the military have now acknowledged that four men are being held. AI believes that the men will remain at risk of torture and ill-treatment as long as they are held in incommunicado military custody.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/46/97
4 July 1997
Further information on UA 189/97 (ASA 21/43/97, 26 June 1997) - Fear of torture
EAST TIMORJose Antonio Belo
Guilherme dos Santos
Manuel
Cesario da Costa [name not previously known]
David Alex
It is believed that the fifth man arrested in Kaibada, near Baucau in East
Timor on 25 June, is Cesario da Costa. The five included David Alex,
second-in-command of the East Timorese National Liberation Army, Falintil,
who later died in custody.
It is believed that the military have now acknowledged that four men are being
held, although according to some reports, another person arrested with David
Alex may also be detained. The military have not stated where the detainees
are being held, but some reports allege that they are in the headquarters of
the Military Intelligence Unit (Satuan Tugas Intelijen, SGI) in Dili. Amnesty
International believes that the men will remain at risk of torture and
ill-treatment as long as they are held in incommunicado military custody.
The precise circumstances surrounding the death of David Alex, allegedly shot
by the military on 25 June, remain unclear. However it seems clearer that
there may have been a military confrontation between David Alex and the
Indonesian Armed Forces on the early morning of 25 June at Kaibada and that
some of the four now detained may have been wounded. It is still not clear
what time David Alex died, but it he appears to have been buried at around
8.30am on 26 June, the day after he was captured.
Amnesty International remains concerned at the lack of clarity surrounding
the circumstances of David Alex’s death. This concern is increased by the
speed with which the military buried his body and by the fact that the body
has not been returned to his family as per their request.
THE ABOVE IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE UA NETWORK. THOSE PARTICIPATING
IN THIS ACTION WHO HAVE NOT YET SENT APPEALS ARE REQUESTED TO DO SO AS RECOMMENDED
IN ORIGINAL UA, ie:
- seeking assurances that none of the four detainees (naming some or all) will
be subjected to ill-treatment or torture and that they will be given immediate
and continuing access to medical care, to members of their families and to
independent legal advisors;
- urging the authorities to clarify the whereabouts of all four detainees;
- urging the authorities to provide information on the precise circumstances
surrounding the arrest of the four men, the precise charges against them and
the circumstances surrounding the death of David Alex.
APPEALS TO:
Commander Resort Military Command (KOREM)
164/Wiradharma (covers East Timor)
Col. Slamat Sidabutar
Markas KOREM 164/Wiradharma
Dili
2
East Timor (Indonesia)
Telegrams: Col Sidabutar, Markas KOREM, Dili, East Timor
Salutation: Dear Col Slamat Sidabutar
Commander of Special Forces Command
Major General Prabowo
Panglima Kopassus
Markas Besar ABRI
Cilangkap
Jakarta Timur
Indonesia
Telegrams: Panglima Kopassus, Markas Besar ABRI, Jakarta, Indonesia
Salutations: Dear Major General Prabowa
COPIES TO:
National Commission on Human Rights
Komisi Nasional Hak Asazi Manusia (Komnas HAM)
Alex Refialy SH
Jalan Dr Antonio de Carvelho
Dili, East Timor
(Indonesia)
and to diplomatic representatives of Indonesia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 13 August 1997.

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