BY ROY MARK
18 May 2004
A UN-backed court based in the new nation of East Timor has issued an
arrest warrant for one of Indonesia’s presidential candidates.
The candidate, General Wiranto was indicted last year for command
responsibility in the murder of hundreds of Timorese during the 1999
independence struggle of East Timor.
At least 1,500 East Timorese were slaughtered by local militia
armed and supported by the Indonesian army under General Wiranto’s
command. Wiranto has
repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has said the accusations were aimed
at undermining his candidacy.
The General's claim that the accusations were aimed
at undermining his candidacy seemed rather far fetched considering the
accusations first arose in 1999 during the slaughter and the General's
candidacy began some 5 years later.
(Presidential candidate Wiranto
denies involvement in atrocities)
The political party of former dictator Soeharto
nominated Wiranto as its candidate for presidential elections to be held
on July 5.
In the United States, presidential candidate, John
Kerry admitted in 1971, before the U.S. congress to taking
part in atrocities during his 4 months of service in Vietnam.
(Presidential candidate Kerry, in 1971
admitting involvement in atrocities)
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