MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 11) - Prosecutors in East Timor have indicted 57 people, including 17 Indonesian military officers and four former militia leaders, for their part in deadly violence during the country's 1999 independence bid.

A statement issued by East Timor's Serious Crimes Unit says the men are accused of crimes against humanity including murder, torture and persecution.

It says they include four senior Indonesian military officers, one Special Forces agent, 12 East Timorese serving in the Indonesian military as non-commissioned officers and four former pro-Jakarta militia leaders.

The indictment is related to planned and coordinated attacks, allegedly launched by Indonesian troops and militiamen on civilians seeking refuge with police in September 1999, which left at least 13 people dead.

The unit says the victims include pro-independence supporters and the 12-year-old son of an independence leader.

July 11, 2003

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