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105 released, at least four still detained (names unknown)

Amnesty International - February 19, 1997

Of those arrested in the Viqueque district of East Timor in relation to disturbances between 7 and 11 February, 105 have now been released, leaving at least four still in detention. According to reports, many of those that have been released were tortured or ill-treated while in custody.

According to East Timor police chief, Colonel Yusuf Muharram four people "who engaged in destruction [are] being interrogated and are suspected of causing the incident". No information was given about their names or whereabouts. In view of the reports of torture and ill-treatment of the 105 who have been released, Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of those still in detention.