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East Timor court jails ex-army sergeant for crimes against humanity

An East Timor court has jailed a former Indonesian army sergeant for crimes against humanity during the territory’s bloody breakaway from Jakarta. It is the first time a soldier has been convicted of such an offence since trials began two years ago. Marcelino Soares was sentenced to 11 years “for crimes against humanity of murder, torture and persecution” committed in April 1999, prosecutors from the United Nations-funded Serious Crimes Unit said in a statement. He was convicted of murder over the fatal beating of Luis Dias Soares and of torturing him and two other independence supporters at an army post. The Special Panels for Serious Crimes have previously convicted an East Timorese sergeant in the Indonesian army of murder and another East Timorese soldier of rape. Full Story

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