Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Truth commission hears eye-witness evidence

Last Update: Tuesday, February 20, 2007. 9:00pm (AEDT)
Truth commission hears eye-witness evidence
Indonesia and East Timor's Truth and Friendship Commission has heard from a witness who says he saw an Indonesian soldier kill his brother during violence in the territory eight years ago.

Florindo de Jesus Brites stood up before the Commission, removed his shirt and showed scars from a machete attack.

He survived the attack on the Dili house of Manuel Carrascalao but his brother did not.

Florindo even named the Indonesian soldier he says shot his brother dead.

After being taken to hospital, Florindo said he had to sing the Indonesian national anthem before being given any food.

An Indonesian commissioner queried why this was a problem, because at the time East Timor was part of Indonesia.

Other witnesses have detailed how the violence was organised by close cooperation between the military, militias and intelligence agents.

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