UN commission to review East Timor prosecutions

UN commission to review East Timor prosecutions

[JURIST] United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement Friday that an independent Commission of Experts would be appointed to access progress made in Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Indonesia in adjudicating human rights violations that occurred in 1999 when the former Indonesia territory of East Timor voted for independence. UN officials had expressed concern with rulings of the Indonesian Appeals Court that had overturned the convictions of several involved Indonesian officials, as well as at the 2002 sentencing of Timor-Leste Governor Abilio Soares to only three years in prison for crimes against humanity. The UN News Centre has more. Xinhua has more.