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Australian charged over E Timor

A member of Australia’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) has been charged with misconduct for allegedly kicking the corpse of a militia fighter in East Timor, the Australian Department of Defence has said. This is the first charge brought as a result of an investigation into alleged brutality by Australian soldiers during a peacekeeping mission to East Timor in 1999. The soldier – who has not been named – is alleged to have kicked the body of a pro-Indonesian militia fighter, killed in a battle with Australian troops near the town of Suai. The Australian forces were in East Timor as part of a United Nations-backed mission, after a vote for independence sparked widespread violence. Full Story

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