|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.
|7 July 00|