23 May 2012

Timorese intelligence detains two Indonesians

Independente, May 22, 2012 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Intelligence Authority has detained two Indonesians who were believed to be members of "Gerakan Aceh Merdeka" (GAM) or "Republik Maluku Selatan" (RMS) along with one Timorese activist.

The detainees were believed to be in the country to make preparations to protest the official visit of the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono to the Indonesian Heroes Cemetery in Santa Cruz.

The Timorese intelligence detained them as they were disguised as journalists but they did not have any journalist identification cards.

"They said they are journalists but when we asked them for their ID, they had none. So, they are illegal people who want to make document about the visit of SBY or they want to do something against SBY," the intelligence said.

Program manager for the Timorese Human Rights Association (HAK), Manuel Monteiro denied such an allegation and asked the intelligence service to prove it as the Indonesians detained were not members of a prohibited organisation like GAM and RMS, but the detainees were students from Atmajaya University in Jogjakarta. Monteiro added that they [detainees] were here to gather some data about the official visit of SBY to the Indonesian Hero Cemetery in Santa Cruz, Dili.

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