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Timor militia leader found guilty
Summary: One of the most prominent militia from East Timor, Eurico
Guterres, has been found guilty of crimes against humanity over a
1999 massacre in East Timor, and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The verdict was delivered by a special human rights tribunal in Jakarta.
This report from Jonathan Head.
His trademark long hair still flowed down his back. But Eurico Guterres arrived here at the Jakarta central court this morning without his usual swaggering self-confidence. Gone were the military fatigues and nationalist symbols he once liked to wear. This morning, he was dressed in a sober suit. There were none of the noisy crowds of supporters who attended earlier hearings. Ominously for him, none of his military allies who'd once nurtured him as a protégé were here either. Eurico Guterres had been deserted.
A panel of five judges read out the testimony of the witnesses who'd seen him on the seventeenth of April 1999 urge his followers to kill pro-independence activists, and then they said he led the attack on Manuel Carrascalao's house that left twelve people dead. Eurico Guterres was involved in many other violent incidents in East Timor.