INDONESIA DEMANDS DEATH FOR ACEH REBEL

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 6) - Indonesian prosecutors have for the first time demanded the death sentence for a leader of the Free Aceh Movement rebels, who have been the target of a six-month government offensive.

Mustafa bin Ibrahim, 30, is the deputy GAM (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka) commander for Muaradua subdistrict in North Aceh's Dewantara area. GAM is also known as the Aceh Sumatra National Liberation Front

Ibrahim was caught along with his wife in the North Sumatran city of Medan on October 20 as they were preparing to flee to Malaysia.

Prosecutors say the rebels committed various crimes that disrupted Aceh's security and economy.

The military says more than 500 GAM rebels have already been sentenced since a campaign to wipe them out began on May 19.

November 6, 2003

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