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  • Indonesia’s Parliament today elected Muslim leader Abdurrahman Wahid as new president, after dealing a humiliating political blow to President Habibie, who withdrew from the race.
    October 20, 1999 | Story
  • The head of a United Nations-backed intervention force in East Timor said he has asked the Indonesian military to make four of its officers available for questioning about the murder of a Dutch journalist two weeks ago who was the correspondent for London’s Financial Times. He said there has not yet been a response.
    October 04, 1999 | Story
  • Pro-independence guerrillas came down from the East Timor hills and handed over their weapons to international forces today, as British Gurkhas arrested two pro-Indonesia militiamen holding more than 4,000 civilians at a port.
    September 30, 1999 | Story
  • Protests heated up today in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, against a tough new security law that increases the power of the military. Faced with a second day of fierce protests in which the Indonesian military killed three protesters and injured more than 100 others, the regime has been forced to back off, at least for now, from the measure.
    September 24, 1999 | Story
  • Indonesian ruler BJ Habibie said today that Indonesia will end martial law in East Timor immediately and will hand over security there to the multinational force as soon as possible. There are reports that Indonesia’s military commander in East Timor could leave with his forces by the weekend.
    September 23, 1999 | Story
  • Indonesia-supported militias yesterday killed a Dutch journalist yesterday in Dili, East Timor, just two days after United Nations forces arrived in Timor’s razed, burned out capital.
    September 22, 1999 | Story
  • With untold number of deaths in Timor even in the last few weeks, battles are beginning to rage in legislatures around the world about governments’ military backing of the Indonesian military. In Britain, a controversy is raging over the government’s sale of Hawk fighter planes to the Indonesian government
    September 21, 1999 | Story
  • After the Indonesian regime released him several weeks ago, pro-independence leader Xanana Gusmao sought refuge in Indonesia. Authorities have "sequestered" him since his arrival in Darwin this weekend. [includes rush transcript]
    September 20, 1999 | Story
  • 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]
    September 17, 1999 | Story
  • Today we continue to follow the developments in the case of journalist Allan Nairn. Three days ago, he was detained by Indonesian soldiers as he walked past a military checkpoint in Dili, East Timor. After interrogation in the central army command headquarters, also the base of hundreds of militia, the military flew Allan to West Timor, where he is now being detained at Immigration Center of Quarantine. Today on Democracy Now!, Nairn reads a...
    September 16, 1999 | Story