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Arbitrary detention/fear of torture/Suspected extra-judicial executions

East Timor Human Rights Centre - 6 June 1997

The East Timor Human Rights Centre (ETHRC) has received further information about David Dias Ximenes who was arrested on 31 May at his home in Dili. An ETHRC source has confirmed that a warrant was issued for Ximenes' arrest and that he has now had access to legal representation. His personal property, which was confiscated by authorities following his arrest, has been returned to his family. Ximenes has been accused of being the mastermind behind the 28 May attack on BRIMOB (Mobile Police Brigade) headquarters in Bairo Pite and charged with crimes against national security under Articles 106 and 214 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP). If convicted, Ximenes could be sentenced to a prison term of twenty years to life.

The ETHRC has received confirmation that Ximenes' wife, Beatriz Ximenes, was picked up by police at 11.30a.m. on 3 June. She was told she was being taken to see her husband's lawyer but she was in fact taken to POLDA (the local police station) in Comoro, where it is believed she was interrogated. She was released at around midnight that day. It is believed she is being subjected to ongoing intimidation.

Human Rights Watch Asia (HRW) has reported that the BRIMOB attack occurred at 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday 28 May when approximately fourteen youths drove up in a red Kijang vehicle to a guard post of company A of BRIMOB in Bairo Pite. They said they were voters then allegedly opened fire, injuring 5 police officers. According to HRW, three of the attackers were killed immediately and another two died later at the Wira Husada hospital. HRW has reported that the driver of the vehicle, Adelio de Fatima, was detained during the assault and is believed to be in detention at police headquarters in Dili.