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Hundreds honour late Timor activist McNaughtan

Radio Australia - January 3, 2004

Hundreds of people have marked the death of the East Timor independence activist Andrew McNaughtan at a memorial service in the Australian city of Sydney.

Dr McNaughtan was the convenor of the Australia East Timor Association in New South Wales. He died in Sydney on December 22, aged 49.

Among those attending was East Timor's foreign minister, Jose Ramos-Horta, who described Dr McNaughtan as a man of immense compassion who recognised injustice.

"He began to try to go to Timor, which he did at risk of his own life," Dr Ramos-Horta said. "He was arrested, deported a few times [to] publicise the truth about what was happening back in East Timor, and he has done tremendous educational work, educating people about the plight of the people of East Timor," he said.