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"They Decapitated Him and Then Chopped Him Up"

CNRT: "I saw the Indonesian soldiers decapitate my brother-in-law then chop him into pieces."

Perth, Australia (Monday 13 September): Late last night, Domingos De Oliveira received the first news of the fate of a fellow independence activist who was trapped in the inferno of Dili after the declaration of the UN ballot on Saturday 4 September.

In a shaking, emotion-charged voice, the caller from "somewhere in East Timor" told him: "I saw the Indonesian soldiers decapitate my brother-in-law then chop him into pieces.

"We were hiding in the house [in Dili[; the soldiers found him, I was lucky they did not find me too. But I could see them through a crack. They cut of his head, then cut his body into pieces.

"I was able to jump out the window and run away. It was a miracle I could escape."

The two men had been separated from their families when the Indonesian military began their rampage through Dili, targeting the independence leaders and independence strongholds after the UN announced 78.5 percent of East Timorese had voted for independence.

Mr De Oliveira had been in East Timor in the days leading up to the ballot on Monday 30 August, campaigning shoulder to shoulder with the two.

The two men cannot be named yet. The whereabouts of their wives and children are not known. It is assumed they have been captured and transported to the concentration camps by the Indonesians.

Naming their husbands would make them targets for the murderous Indonesian soldiers and their militia auxiliaries who are already terrorising the camps.


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