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General found guilty over E Timor

A senior Indonesian general has been found guilty of failing to prevent violence during East Timor’s independence vote. Major-General Adam Damiri was sentenced to three years in jail by a special human rights court, for what Judge Marmi Mustafa described as “gross human rights violations”. General Damiri is the highest-ranking Indonesian to face the special tribunal, which was set up to investigate abuses committed during the 1999 independence vote, when more than 1,000 people died. The US Government praised the guilty verdict but criticised the tribunals for convicting few defendants, and allowing those found guilty to remain free pending appeals. “The United States is disappointed with the performance and record of the Indonesian ad hoc tribunal,” State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said in Washington. “We believe that the overall process of the tribunal has been flawed and lacked credibility.” Full Story

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