News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Portuguese TV Crew Detained In West Timor

PORTUGUESE TV CREW DETAINED IN WEST TIMOR

DILI, East Timor: Members of Portuguese TV crew detained for three days by police and military intelligence agents in Indonesian West Timor claimed on Monday it was their documentation of the very close relations between a militia leader and the Indonesian military and police that led to their harassment.

Last week the Dili-based crew of SicTV from Lisbon became the first Western journalists to interview the leader of the Sakuna militia, Moko Soares, who is held responsible by the residents of the devastated East Timor district of Oecussi for a series of grisly atrocities, including the beheading and mutilation of dozens of victims.

Over the weekend a U.N. human rights team completed exhumations of 37 bodies from several gravesites in Passabe, Oecussi, among a total of 56 victims of the Sakuna militia killed last September during the wave of destruction unleashed in all parts of East Timor.

At a press briefing in Dili, the International Force in East Timor (Interfet) commander, General Peter Cosgrove, announced that the joint border commission between Interfet and the Indonesian military had made progress in the investigation of Soares.

Cosgrove reported, "We have been told that a warrant of arrest for Moko Soares has been issued," and that he will soon be made available for interrogation.

However, members of the Portuguese TV team that has just returned from Moko Soares' residence in Kefamananu in West Timor, close to the border with Oecussi, are not at all hopeful that the militia leader is about to be arrested.

Rita Nolasco, one of three-person Portuguese media team, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa: "The authorities could arrest Moko Soares any time they want. He is not in hiding and we spent several days filming him. The TNI

(Indonesian military) and the police are very close to him."

Portuguese cameraman Fernando Faria reported that while they were under interrogation at West Timor's Kefamananu police station, and their

passports had been taken away, one police official volunteered the information that "we have been asked to arrest Moko Soares but there is no room for him in the jail."

According to Faria, "we were treated like criminals. Our fingerprints were taken, they kept our passports for three days, and threatened us with three years imprisonment for entering the country illegally at the East Timor border."

The Portuguese team did not get their visas stamped at the West Timor border town of Moultain because there are no immigration officers equipped to do this and visas can only be stamped upon arrival in Kupang, team members said.

International aid workers frequently travel from East Timor across the border to refugee camps in West Timor without any harassment. The Portuguese team was effectively deported from West Timor with "denied entry stamps" placed in their passports.

The Portuguese ambassador to Jakarta, Ana Gomez, is following up complaints from the TV station that its reporters have been ill- treated and victimised by the Indonesian authorities in West Timor.

ends

+++niuswire
(c)1996-2000 Copyright - All rights reserved.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>


Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland