There has been
a breakthrough in the inquiry into the death of a Bristol journalist
killed in East Timor more than a quarter of a century ago.
The Indonesian Government has always insisted that cameraman Brian
Peters, 26, and four other reporters lost their lives when they
were accidentally caught in the crossfire of battle.
But now United Nations investigators are seeking international warrants
to arrest three men over the deaths, an Australian newspaper said
The investigators in East Timor believe they have gathered enough
evidence during a seven-month investigation to prosecute the trio,
who include a former Indonesian government minister, for the deaths
at Balibo on October 16, 1975, the Sydney Morning Herald said.
Britons Malcolm Rennie, 28, a reporter, and cameraman Brian Peters,
29; reporter Greg Shackleton, 27, and soundman Tony Stewart, 21,
both Australian; and New Zealand cameraman Gary Cunningham, 27,
were killed in the town of Balibo while reporting on a battle.
Australian investigators and the Indonesian government have said
they were caught in a firefight between Indonesian troops and East
But former resistance fighters said the journalists were put to
death by Indonesian invaders.
Investigators have asked the UN Prosecutor-General in Dili, Mohamed
Othman, to organise the arrest of Mohammad Yunus Yosfiah, a former
Cabinet minister; another Indonesian, Christoforus da Silva, and
an East Timorese, Domingos Bere, according to the report.
have recommended they be charged with crimes against humanity under
the 1949 Geneva Convention. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence
of life imprisonment.
Othman told the newspaper prosecutors were reviewing the evidence.
"Indications are that this will proceed as a war crimes charge,"