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Militia leader's arrest may not lead to justice

Militia leader's arrest may not lead to justice

Updated 19 March 2012, 18:55 AEDT

Indonesian police have arrested one of East Timor's most notorious militia leaders - but there are fears that he may not be investigated for his alleged crimes against humanity.

Izidio Manek is accused of leading the worst massacre to follow the UN ballot on independence in East Timor, - the massacre at the Suai Church in September 1999 where 200 people are thought to have died. Izidio Manek was arrested in the West Timor border town of Atambua last week along with more than 20 of his followers. However it seems his arrest by Indonesian authorities is linked to a brawl with a rival militia group and has nothing to do with the events of 1999. Patrick Burgess is director of the human rights department of the United Nations transitional authority in East Timor: He spoke to Peter Mares.

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