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Indonesia: Further information on Fear of torture

, N° d'index: ASA 21/077/1997

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 21/77/97
26 September 1997
Further information on UA 303/97 (ASA 21/75/97, 18 September 1997) - Fear of
EAST TIMORConstancio dos Santos
Jojo dos Santos
Fransico Caldeira
Eduardo (name previously unknown)
Joaquim Santana
Ivo Miranda
Domingos Natalino Coelho da Silva
Fernando Lere
Nuno dos Santos
Germano Lebre (previously, Jermao Malta Sebre)
Julio Santana
The name of the fourth person detained in Dili in connection with 11 bombs
allegedly found on them by the authorities is believed to be Eduardo. They
four are still thought to be held in the Regional Police Headquarters in Dili.
It is reported that at least one of the detainees in Dili, Constancio dos Santos,
may have been permitted to see a lawyer, and has been charged with rebellion
which is punishable by up to life imprisonment.
Lawyers are reported to have tried to visit the other group of detainees in
police custody in Semarang earlier this week but were refused access.
Information has been received that Laurindo Albino da Costa Lourdes (previously
listed as Laurindo Alkino da Costa), has not been detained. Appeals on his
behalf should cease.
Amnesty International remains concerned that the detainees may be at risk of
torture or ill-treatment.
Those taking part in this action who have not yet sent an appeal, please continue
action as specified in original UA, taking into account the above information
where appropriate. Appeals by telegram/fax/express/airmail letter in Bahasa
Indonesia or in your own language:
- urging the authorities to clarify the identity and whereabouts of those taken
into custody in Dili and Semarang in connection with the alleged discovery
of bombs and the suspected bomb blast, and to clarify the charges against those
still in custody;
- welcoming reports that at least one of the detainees has been allowed access
to a lawyer, and urging the authorities to grant all those taken into custody
regular and continuing access to legal counsel, their families and to
humanitarian assistance;
- seeking assurances that the detainees are being protected from torture or
Lt. Gen. Dibyo Wdodo
Jl. Trunojoyo 13
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Faxes: + 6221 720 7277
Telegrams: Kapolri, Jakarta, Inodnesia
Salutation: Dear Lieutenant-General
Ali Alatas S.H.
Menteri Luar Negeri
Jl. Medan Taman Pejambon No.6
Jakarta Indonesia
Faxes: +6221 724 5354
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 10 November 1997

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