Masters of Terror
Home | Map | Search
Browse list of major EVENTS
Suspects by NAME
Suspecs by STATUS
Suspects by RANK
Map of East Timor
Elite Forces

  Suspect outline
Home unit:
Deputy commanding officer

Sgt Syaful Anwar

Tribuana Task Force (Kopassus), deputy base commander, Laruara, Lospalos

Between March and September 1999, Sgt Syaful Anwar was in charge of the Alfa Team militia, housed in the Kopassus base at Laruara, Lospalos, Lautem district. One of its East Timorese leaders was Joni Marquez, also a Kopassus member and currently in jail in Dili.

On 11 December 2000 Syaful Anwar was indicted before the Special Panel for Serious Crimes of the Dili District Court for crimes against humanity for having murdered a Falintil detainee named Evaristo Lopes at the Kopassus/ Alfa Team base in April 1999.

On 15 November 2002 he was indicted in Dili again for his role in the murder of CNRT leader Verissimo Dias Quintas in Lospalos on 27 August 1999. Anwar gave the orders and drove the vehicle transporting militias to and from the scene, but stayed in the background during the attack itself. For details see Lt Rahman Zulkarnaen, Syaful Anwar’s superior in Kopassus who was listed in the same Dili indictment of November 2002. Both remain at large in Indonesia.[1]

Extra Information

Current Status:
T - Committed for trial in East Timor, some already sentenced.

See map of location

This individual is also mentioned in these profiles:
Edmundo Conceicao
Joni Marquez
Col Sunarko
Lt Rahman Zulkarnaen

[1] Serious Crimes trial documents Case 9/ 2000, originally part of the ‘Lospalos’ case with Joni Marquez, and the as yet unnumbered ‘Team Alpha/ BRTT’ case, available online at Mark Dodd, 'War crimes defendant given special protection', Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2001; 'Court told of beating until death', Sydney Morning Herald, 8 August 2001; 'East Timor: Justice past, present and future', Amnesty International (AI-index: ASA 57/001/2001), 27 July 2001; 'First trial for 1999 crimes against humanity opens in East Timor', UN Department of Public Information (DPI), 9 July 2001; Seth Mydans, 'Modest beginnings for East Timor's justice system', The New York Times, 4 March 2001; 'Kopassus officer escapes justice', Laksamana.Net, 14 December 2001.


Home | Copyright | About