04 August 2008

East Timor's president defends pardoning killer

2008-08-04 14:08:02 - CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta has defended his decision to pardon a notorious Timorese militia leader, saying it was unfair to keep him in prison while Indonesians responsible for violence during his country's transition to independence remain free.

"The reality is that no one in Indonesia - senior military who were involved directly or indirectly in the violence in '99 - will ever be prosecuted," the 58-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview aired Monday. «Should I continue to ... keep in jail an individual Timorese who was working under direction from someone else who is not going to jail?" Read more...

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