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"The Second Special Panel of the Dili District Court has begun hearing the second trial involving crimes against humanity charges in East Timor.  The trial relates to militia violence in Liquica District in March and April 1999, including the massacre of a group of villagers who were hiding in the Liquica Church on 6 April 1999.  One charge also relates to another massacre at the house of Manuel Carrascalao in Dili on 17 April 1999.  The accused, Armando Dos Santos, is charged with 3 counts of murder and one of other inhumane acts." Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP)
See also:

BD: East Timor's Judicial System
BD: War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity

Second crimes against humanity trial commences in dili

JSMP, Dili 31 January 2001

The Second Special Panel of the Dili District Court has begun hearing the second trial involving crimes against humanity charges in East Timor.  The trial relates to militia violence in Liquica District in March and April 1999, including the massacre of a group of villagers who were hiding in the Liquica Church on 6 April 1999.  One charge also relates to another massacre at the house of Manuel Carrascalao in Dili on 17 April 1999.  The accused, Armando Dos Santos, is charged with 3 counts of murder and one of other inhumane acts.

The trial is the first to be heard by the Second Special Panel, comprised of Judge Benfeito Mosso Ramos (Cape Verde) presiding, Judge Antero Luis (Portugal) and Judge Antonio Helder (East Timor).    The hearing is being conducted in five languages: Portuguese, English, Indonesian, Tetun and Tokodede, the local language of the Liquica area.  The court heard detailed testimony from the accused about his involvement in the Besi Merah Putih militia, including a militia ceremony in which he was forced to drink a cocktail of alcohol, animal blood and drugs before killing one man as part of the attack on the Liquica Church.    He also testified to the direct participation in the attacks by Indonesian soldiers who were dressed in civilian clothes to look like militia members.  The Accused claimed that he was ordered to participate by militia commanders including Leoneto Martins, Eurico Guterres and Joao Tavares.

The Liquica Church massacre and the attack at Manuel Carrascalao’s house are two of the ten priority investigations of the Serious Crimes Unit.  This case is the first of several indictments arising from these investigations to reach trial.

The trial is expected to last for several more days.

- JSMP -


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Portuguese:
Programa de Monitorização do Sistema Judicial (PMSJ)
Atualiza: 17 dezembro
O Programa de monitorização do sistema judicial (PMSJ) foi logo estabelecido em 2001 em Díli, Timor Leste. Através da monitorização do tribunal, a provisão da analisa legal e dos relatórios temáticos sobre o desenvolvimento do sistema judicial, o PMSJ visa contribuir a evaluação em curso e edificação dum sistema de justiça em Timor Leste.
Tel/fax. (670) 390 323 883 Mobile: (61) 419 804 600
1/la Rua do Moçambique, Farol, Díli
Email: info@jsmp.minihub.org
Para mais informações vide http://www.jsmp.minihub.org


Bahasa Indonesia/Melayu:
Program Pemantauan Sistim Peradilan
Diperbarui: Des 15
Program Pemantauan Sistim Peradilan (JSMP) merupakan sebuah projek independen yang telah dikembangkan dibawah perlindugan Asosiasi Juris Timor Loro Sa’e dan La’o Hamutuk, sebuah organisasi  yang terdiri dari orang-orang Timor Loro Sa’e dan internasional. Melalui pemantauan kasus-kasus pengadilan dan menghasilkan analisa hukun dan laporan-laporan tematis tentang perkebangan sistim peradilan secara menyeluruh, JSMP bertujuan membantu Administrasi Transisi, masyarakat umum Timor Loro Sa’e dan masyarakat internasional dengan memberikan rekomendasi-rekomendasi bagi perbaikan yang terus-menerus di mana masalah-masalah spesifik diidentifikasikan. Sasaran utama dari program adalah memperbaiki mutu keadilan yang diberikan oleh sistim peradilan yang baru didirikan, memajukan HAM dan pemerintahan yang berdasarkan hukum dengan cara yang bermanfaat dan transparan bagi masyarakat Timor Loro Sa’e.
Sahe Institute building, Rua da Mozambique I/1-A Palapaso, Dili – East Timor (via Darwin, Australia)
Phone: (Mobile) 0419 804 600
Alamat pos: P.O. Box 340 Dili, East Timor via Darwin, Australia
Christian Ranheim, christian@jsmp.minihub.org, Télpon (Mobile): +61(0) 419 804 600;
Caitlin Reiger, caitlin@jsmp.minihub.org, Télpon (Mobile): +61 (0) 419 366 404;
Email/Phone: info@jsmp.minihub.org, Télpon: +670 (390) 325-013
Situs-Web (Bahasa Inggeris): http://www.jsmp.minihub.org


English:
Judicial System Monitoring Programme  Updated Nov 15
JSMP is a new human rights project set up by the East Timorese Jurists’ Association and the Timorese/international organisation La'o Hamutuk. JSMP aims to assist the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, the East Timorese public and the international community by making recommendations for ongoing reform of the fledgling judicial system of East Timor.
The main objective of the programme is to improve the quality of justice provided by the newly established judicial system, and to promote human rights and the rule of law in a meaningful and transparent manner for the people of East Timor through:

  • sending legal observers to monitor the serious crimes trials;
  • providing legal analysis and thematic reports; and
  • dissemination of information on the developments of the justice system as a whole.

  • At this stage, the programme’s courtroom observation work focuses primarily on the cases related to the violence in 1999, which include crimes against humanity, genocide and torture.
    Regular updates: subscribe to JSMP’s news service by sending an empty e-mail to list-subscribe@jsmp.minihub.org
    Sahe Institute building, Rua da Mozambique I/1-A Palapaso, Dili – East Timor (via Darwin, Australia)
    Phone: (Mobile) 0419 804 600
    P.O. Box 340 Dili, East Timor via Darwin, Australia
    Christian Ranheim, christian@jsmp.minihub.org, Phone: (Mobile): +61(0) 419 804 600;
    Caitlin Reiger, caitlin@jsmp.minihub.org, Phone: (Mobile): +61 (0) 419 366 404
    Email/Phone: info@jsmp.minihub.org, Phone +670 (390) 325-013;
    Homepage: http://www.jsmp.minihub.org
    Jun 1 2001 JSMP: New Human Rights Project in East Timor: http://www.pcug.org.au/~wildwood/01junjsmp.htm


    See also:

    BD: East Timor's Judicial System - A collection of recent reports, articles and news

    See also:
    BD: War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity - A collection of recent press releases, petitions, articles and news


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