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Three East Timorese students disappeared

Lusa - December 3, 1997

Jakarta – The chief police of Dili, Colonel Rismanto, said on Tuesday he did not know the whereabouts of three East Timorese students who have disappeared since the incident at the University of Dili on 14 November.

University sources said that police wearing civilian clothes had taken three youth following clashes between students and security forces at the university.

The Indonesian National Commission for Human Rights, that sent members to Dili to investigate the incident, said that the three students-Abraao Benjamin, Domingos dos Santos and Duarte Araujo had not been seen again since 14 November.

Rismanto said last week that six students detained during the incident would go on trial on charges of attacking members of the security forces.

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and annexed it one year later but the United Nations still regards Portugal as the territory's administering power.