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Leave remains where they are: Balibo Five family

ABC News - October 15, 2012

The family of one of the five journalists killed in East Timor in 1975 is opposed to having his remains returned to Australia.

The Balibo Five, as they are known, were killed by Indonesian soldiers during the invasion of the country. Their remains lie in a single grave in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Shirley Shackleton, the widow of one of the men killed, Greg Shackleton, has called on the Federal Government to exhume the bodies and have them returned to Australia. She says there are still so many unresolved questions and after 37 years, it is time for the Government to act.

However, Annie Stewart, whose brother Tony Stewart was also killed, says her family would prefer to see his remains left in Indonesia.

"Just the pain of doing it all again is something we are not interested in," she said. "We went over to East Timor in 2004 for the dedication of Balibo House and it was such a joyous occasion, like the first real funeral for our brother." "We would like to leave it there."