Friday, September 17, 1999

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  • Indonesian Regime to Prosecute US Journalist Allan Nairn; Nairn Faces 10-Year Sentence

    Benny Mateus, the chief justice of Nusa Tenggara Timor Province, Timor intends to prosecute US journalist Allan Nairn for two technical violations of Indonesian immigration law, a local immigration official in Kupang, West Timor has informed Nairn. [includes rush transcript]

  • East Timorese Refugees in West Timor

    The United Nations said today the devastation of the East Timor capital Dili would hamper early efforts to provide aid to tens of thousands of East Timorese forced from their homes and facing starvation and disease. Ross Mountain, UN humanitarian coordinator for East Timor, told Reuters the United Nations was also seeking urgent protection for an access to an estimated 150,000 East Timorese refugees who have either fled or been forced into neighboring West Timor.

  • Kemba Smith and Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing

    When will justice be served and the punishment fit the crime? Those questions are being asked by the parents of 28-year-old Kemba Smith, a casualty of this country’s war on drugs and what many believe are unjust federal drug sentencing laws. Kemba, a first-time offender, is serving nearly 25 years in federal prison on charges stemming from an abusive relationship with a reputed drug dealer. National media have covered Kemba’s case over the past few years, beginning with a cover story in the May 1996 edition of Emerge magazine.