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August 15, 2002 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last Indonesian governor of East Timor was convicted Wednesday of crimes against humanity for allowing government-backed militias to slaughter more than 100 people in 1999, when the territory was part of Indonesia. Former Gov. Jose Abilio Soares, who denied having any part in the killings, was sentenced to three years in prison, which some human rights activists criticized as too short.
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August 15, 2002 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last Indonesian governor of East Timor was convicted Wednesday of crimes against humanity for allowing government-backed militias to slaughter more than 100 people in 1999, when the territory was part of Indonesia. Former Gov. Jose Abilio Soares, who denied having any part in the killings, was sentenced to three years in prison, which some human rights activists criticized as too short.
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March 15, 2002 | From Times Wires Reports
Indonesia opened the first trial of a senior official accused of crimes against humanity in East Timor, where opponents of independence for the province unleashed a violent campaign that left hundreds dead. Prosecutors read out the charges against former East Timor Gov. Jose Abilio Soares at the Central Jakarta District Court.
WORLD
November 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Indonesia's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of East Timor's former governor for his role in the 1999 violence there, and he will be released within days, the ex-governor and media reports said today. Jose Abilio Soares was the first -- and remains the only -- Indonesian official punished for the bloodshed that accompanied East Timor's independence after a U.N.-sponsored referendum ended 24 years of Indonesian rule.
OPINION
January 4, 2003
Indonesia's brutal occupation of East Timor turned especially violent around the time of a 1999 referendum on independence for the province. The United Nations estimates that 1,000 people were murdered before and after the voting, as Indonesian soldiers goaded civilian militias to rampage, burning homes and attacking native Timorese who favored freedom. Indonesia has done a dismal job of holding army officers accountable for that brutal mayhem.
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August 16, 2002 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former police chief and five army and police officers were acquitted Thursday of responsibility for the massacre of civilians in East Timor three years ago as the territory sought to secede from Indonesia. The verdicts, handed down in two courts here in the Indonesian capital, appalled human rights activists and called into question the ability of the nation's special human rights court to punish officials responsible for the military-backed mayhem that cost at least 1,000 lives.
NEWS
September 18, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a policy about-face that evolved over the past week, the Indonesian military concluded that it had no choice but to surrender East Timor peacefully to a U.N.-sanctioned force that is expected to enter the troubled territory in the coming week, Western military sources said Friday.
NEWS
September 4, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The people of violence-torn East Timor have overwhelmingly voted to end 24 years of Indonesian rule and become an independent state, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday. The announcement, made simultaneously in Indonesia and at U.N. headquarters in New York, said 78.5% of the province's voters had opted for independence rather than autonomy within Indonesia in the U.N.-sponsored referendum held Monday under largely peaceful conditions.
WORLD
May 20, 2002 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Formally ending more than four centuries of colonial rule, this tiny territory became a nation just after midnight as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan handed power to the country's new president, Jose Alexandre Gusmao.
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