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Martinus Bere

Laksaur militia leader, Suai

Martinus Bere joined Olivio Moruk in leading the attack on the Suai Catholic church on 6 September 1999.

The Indonesian inquiry into atrocities in East Timor (KPP HAM) listed Martinus Bere in the executive summary of its report for his involvement in the Suai church massacre of 6 September 1999. However, his name did not appear in the final report - perhaps because the militia he helped lead was listed in its entirety in Appendix 5. He is said to be from (Indonesian) West Timor and to have been a teacher in Suai. The Indonesian Attorney General's Department initially also listed him, but then dropped him from the list to be prosecuted in April 2001 'because we haven't been able to find them.'[1]

Extra Information

Implicated in Events:
Suai - 6/09/1999 - Suai church massacre

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

A - (Indonesian) Attorney General's Department. Announced as suspects at various times (September 2000 - April 2001), some later dropped, some already sentenced.

K - KPP HAM. Listed in the 31/01/2000 report of the Indonesian commission of inquiry into atrocities committed in East Timor in 1999. More junior figures in Appendix 5 of the final report are added here under their superiors.

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This individual is also mentioned in these profiles:
Vasco da Cruz
LtCol Lilik Kushadiyanto
Olivio Moruk

[1] Lindsay Murdoch, 'Ballot violence: Six to go free', Sydney Morning Herald, 3 May 2001.


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