Lindsay Murdoch, Darwin
April 8, 2008
REBEL leader Alfredo Reinado was under the influence of a cocktail of alcohol and the drug known as "ice" when he led the February attacks in Dili, East Timor's President, Jose Ramos Horta, has revealed.
Mr Ramos Horta has also rejected speculation in Dili that a powerful Timorese politician was behind the attacks, saying Reinado did not take orders from anyone.
"I do not know of any political figure who was involved in any way whatsoever in supporting Alfredo Reinado," Mr Ramos Horta told The Age in Darwin, where he is recovering from gunshot wounds.
He said Reinado "came to my house on his own while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, although behind the scenes he was also manipulated by certain people.
"Whether his intent was to kidnap me to exert pressure on the Government — I don't know his intent," he said. "What is absolutely clear, though, is that he came to my house in a hostile manner and if I had been in the house, he probably would have shot me point blank."
Mr Ramos Horta earlier named Timorese-born Australian woman Angelita Pires as one of the people who influenced Reinado in the lead-up to the attacks. Ms Pires has admitted she was Reinado's lover but denied any wrongdoing.
Mr Ramos Horta said there was no information Reinado was supported by sources from either Indonesia or Australia. But he said there were indications that Timorese individuals in non-government organisations provided cash and other support for Reinado that were passed to him by Ms Pires.
The President told The Age he wanted East Timor's Prosecutor-General, Longuinhos Monterio, who is leading the investigation into the attacks, to report his findings as soon as possible to Parliament to prevent unfounded speculation that could further destabilise the country. Mr Monterio briefed Mr Ramos Horta on the investigation in Darwin yesterday.
Mr Ramos Horta said that while he was recovering well although still in pain, he was struggling to understand how the rebels could have shot him twice in the back with a high-powered rifle. "Aiming such a high-powered rifle at me — I was unarmed — and then shooting me in the back as I turned to run was a criminal act of absolute cowardice," he said
Mr Ramos Horta said he had known since 2006 that Reinado was abusing alcohol and methamphetamines, or "ice", although the rebel was sober on the occasions he met him in the country's mountains when trying to negotiate his surrender.
He praised the Timorese soldier who shot Reinado dead at his house shortly after dawn on February 11. "The soldier who shot Reinado did his duty," he said.
Speaking only days before he is expected to receive the report of a commission of inquiry set up in 2005 to uncover the truth behind violence that swept East Timor in 1999, Mr Ramos Horta criticised Indonesian military officers for refusing to admit responsibility and apologise.
He expects to return to Dili this month.
terça-feira, abril 08, 2008
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Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!
Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006
"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "