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Journalist leaves Aceh rebels

An American freelance journalist who spent several weeks with separatist rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh has given himself up to Indonesian troops. William Nessen was warned two weeks ago that the military could not be held accountable for his safety if he remained with the rebels during the current offensive against them. Indonesian officials also questioned whether Mr Nessen should be regarded as a journalist or a spy. Indonesian television showed pictures of a thin-looking Mr Nessen with a US military official and Indonesian soldiers after he arranged a jungle rendezvous. The operational commander in Aceh, Brigadier General Bambang Darmono, said Mr Nessen would be interrogated about his activities. “I will ask (him) a few things,” he told reporters. “After he has been checked here, he will be taken to Banda Aceh (the provincial capital) and handed over to police.” Mr Nessen, who travelled to Aceh with a journalist visa, had previously said he wanted guarantees on his safety before meeting military officials. Full Story

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