19 November 2012

Trials for serious crimes committed during occupation require careful consideration

ETLJB 19/11/2012 - A member of the East Timor National Parliament, Mateus de Jesus, from the Congress for Timorese Reconstruction, said that there needs to be careful consideration of conducting trials for serious crimes committed during the Indonesian occupation because it would impact on the relationship between East Timor and Indonesia.

Suara Timor Lorosae reported on 15 November 2012 that Mr de Jesus said that: "I think the Government could continue processing the serious crimes committed in 1975 up to 1999. I am appealing to all victims to be patient as it takes time."

He said that everything has to go through a process and there is still a lot of work to be done which has not yet been completed by UNMIT even though its mandate is about to end.

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