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


"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.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Chiptunes: Recreating Christmas Carols From Alan Turing's Computer

New Zealand researchers have recreated what is thought to be the first computer-generated Christmas music – exactly as it would have sounded on Alan Turing’s computer. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland