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Killers of East Timor priests, nuns convicted

Ten members of a gang responsible for one of the worst massacres linked to East Timor's vote for independence in 1999, have been found guilty of crimes against humanity.

They have been given jail terms of up to 33 years.

The members of the Tim Alpha gang were convicted of killing five members of a religious order, two church workers, a journalist and a youth, as well as committing a number of other murders in the Los Palos district of the territory.

The Special Panel for Serious Crimes, set up by East Timor's UN administration, found the gang members guilty of murder, torture, persecution and forced deportation.

They are the first people to be convicted of crimes against humanity in connection with the violence that surrounded East Timor's vote to secede from Indonesia.

Lospalos Massacre Trial to Begin in July (East Timor Human Rights Centre, Melbourne)
Gang guilty of East Timor massacres (Bangkok Post 12/12/01)