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East Timor     SOLDIER DETAINED AFTER BEATING SEMINARIAN AND TRADER
A soldier who allegedly tried to extort money, manhandled a trader and hit a seminarian at a checkpoint near the East Timor border has been detained after local people staged a protest rally.
    According to reports, Private Yulianto, a member of Battalion 643 of the Indonesian Army Reserves Command deployed in Haekesak village, stopped a bus at the checkpoint on Saturday.
    Upon finding a local trader with a bag of sugar and several packs of cigarettes on the bus, Yulianto asked for a "fee" of $A9. Ludovikus Moruk, the trader, said he could not pay because he had only $A2.72.
    Elifridus Nahak Seran, a major seminarian who was on the bus, asked the soldier not to extort money from the trader. Yulianto became angry and hit the seminarian and the trader.
   
UCAN
   
7 July 00



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