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Jakarta police release 33 held after UN Envoy visit

Radio Australia - April 1, 1997

Indonesian police have freed 33 East Timorese who had been held since last Thursday after entering the Austrian embassy in Jakarta in an effort to meet a United Nations envoy on East Timor. A diplomat says the youths were dropped off in three groups at different bus stations in the Indonesian capital. It is not known whether police plans to press charges against the youths. U-N special envoy Jamsheed Marker, who had just returned from East Timor, met representatives of the students last Tuesday. Police detained the students from various towns in Java and Bali, after they left the Austrian embassy last Thursday.