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Fernando de Araujo Indictment 1992

Fernando de Araujo Indictment


Date: Wed Mar 18 1992 - 14:18:00 EST


Forwarded from GreenNet reg.easttimor conference:

Topic 1097Araujo indictment - revised

gn:tapolreg.easttimor11:10 pm Mar 17, 1992

Excerpts from the Araujo indictment

The following are excerpts from the indictment read out by the

procesution in the trial of Fernando de Araujo, an East Timorese

student who went on trial in Jakarta on 16 March 1992, charged with

subversion. [As yet the full text of the indictment which runs into

about 150 pages is not yet available. The following excerpts are

taken from three pages received so far.]


9. On 28 October 1991, the accused, at his lodging, Jalan Sesetan

Gg Tamansari no 10, Denpasar, Bali, received a phone-call from

Constancio Pinto in Dili, at about 06.00 local time [all times

mentioned in the indictment are 'WITA' or Central Indonesian Time

which includes Bali] saying that at 00.30 local time, the 'intel'

[intelligence] opened fire at the Motael Church, Dili, resulting in

the death of two young East Timorese, and ordering him to pass this

information on to Donaciano Gomes in Lisbon, Alfredo Pareira in

Australia and to pass it on to the others;

At about 08.00 local time, the accused phoned a person named

Donaciano Gomes in Lisbon and thereafter phoned Alfredo Pareira in

Australia, in conformity with the order from Constancio Pinto and

for it to be passed on to the others.

At about 10.00 local time, the accused phoned Joao Freitas da

Camara in Jakarta informing him of the shooting at the Motael

Church Dili, and asking Joao Freitas da Camara in Jakarta to make

contact with Carmel Budiardjo in London;

All this being for the purposes of obtaining the sympathy of

the outside world that human rights violations had taken place in

East Timor.

10. That because the Portuguese Parliamentary Delegation had not

come on 4 November 1991, there was a meeting on 7 November 1991 at

the home of Francisco Branco attended by several members of the

Executive Committee, including Juvencio de Jesus Martins, Gregorio

da Cunha Saldanha, Fransisco Branco and Constancio Pinto, which was

chaired by Constancio Pinto, which drew up an instruction that

because the Portuguese Parliamentary Delegation would not be

coming, we should use the opportunity to have a demonstration on

the occasion of the visit of the UN human rights envoy whose visit

coincided with the Mass to commemorate the death of Sebastiao on 12

November 1991 when flowers would be placed on his grave in Santa

Cruz, and that at the time of this visit, there would be three

foreign journalists who would cover the procession of the Mass and

demonstration, for the purpose of being able to show the outside

world that East Timor has not yet been fully integrated and wants

to be free, while at the same time asking for support from other

countries to bring about a solution to the question of East Timor;

information regarding this was then passed on by Constancio Pinto

to the accused.

11. On 12 November 1991 at about 10.00 local time, the accused in

Denpasar Dili received a phone-call from Constancio Pinto in Dili

informing him that at about 09.30 local time, the army had carried

out a massacre as a large crowd of people were on their way from

Motael Church to the Santa Cruz cemetery to lay flowers on the

grave of Sebastiao, and Constancio Pinto issued an instruction that

a demonstration should take place in Jakarta;

At 13.00 local time, the accused phoned Joao Freitas da

Camara, leader of the Renetil branch in Jakarta informing him about

the incident in Dili, and the accused then instructed Joao Freitas

da Camara, among other things:

a. To tell the foreign press and foreign embassies in Jakarta

about this event and to inform ACFOA in Australia and Amnesty in


b. To organise a demonstration in Jakarta;

c. To contact Renetil branches in Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya,

Jogjakarta and Malang, and that for the purposes of the

demonstration, each Renetil branch should sent five persons, with

as many as people as possible from Jakarta and Bandung;

d. That the demonstration should be held no later than 18

November at which there should be banners and a petition to the UN

office, the Japanese and Australian embassies in Jakarta, and that

this demonstration should be led and coordinated by Joao Freitas da


...... [Several pages later.]

4. That the accused as chair of Renetil and also as the

Clandestine Communication Centre to receive information about

developments in East Timor from Constancio Pinto or Xanana Gusmao

for dissemination abroad and for Renetil branches, or vice versa,

and to receive assistance in the form of cash and medicines from

abroad or from Dili to be used to promote the interests of the

Clandestine operation, for which purpose the accused established

contact by sending letters by relay to, or by telephone contact

with, Fretilin GPK [the regime's acronym which stands for 'security

disruptor gangs'] leaders, among others;

a. Ramos Horta and Alfredo Pareira in Australia as leaders of the

CN (National Convergence),

b. Abelio Araujo, Estarao Tabral and Luisa Teotonia in Lisbon

Portugal as leaders of the DEF (Fretilin External Committee);

c. Jose L. Guiteres in Macao;

d. Carmel Budiarjo and Geoff Robinson in London;

e. Xanana Gusmao as leader of the CNRM/Supreme commander of

GPK/Fretilin in East Timor;

f. Constancio Pinto as leader of the Executive Committee of the

Clandestine Front (CF) in East Timor.

Further, the accused received a special message from Xanana

Gusmao that "To resist is to win", the purpose being to preserve

the existence of the struggle to free East Timor from the Unitary

State of the Republic of Indonesia;

That in order to finance these clandestine operations, the

accused received financial assistance, among others:

Rp. 500,000 a month from Alfredo Pareira;

A$2,000 from Ramos Horta;

Rp. 500,000 from Constancio Pinto;

A monthly contribution of Rp. 5,000 from each member;

some of which was received directly by the accused and via the

intermediary of tourists whose identities are not known or through

the Bank Nasional Indonesia (BNI) 1946, Denpasar branch.

Translator's note: All names are given here as spelt in the