Indonesia police arrest another suspect in East Timor assassination attempts

[JURIST] Indonesian police Thursday arrested a fourth man suspected of involvement in February assassination attempts against East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao [BBC profiles]. Last week, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that police had arrested three other suspects in the attacks. Last month, another suspect in the assassination attempt surrendered [JURIST report] to East Timorese authorities; an additional four suspects [ABC Australia report] surrendered shortly thereafter.

Horta was critically wounded and rebel leader Alfredo Reinado was killed during the attacks, but Gusmao escaped unharmed. The National Parliament of East Timor [official website] subsequently declared a national state of emergency [AP report], prohibiting public gatherings and establishing a curfew. The parliament initially extended the state of emergency for one month [JURIST report] at the end of February, but extended it further [JURIST report] late last month, saying some parts of the country remained unstable following the assassination attempts. Australia's ABC News has more.



 

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