Thursday, 25 November, 2004 | 14:39 WIB
The deported people insisted that they were East Timorese citizens as they had lived in East Timor before the country gained its independence. Arman said that he met with AM Fatwa to report the latest conditions of Muslim people in Indonesia.
He went on to say he suspected that he and the others were deported in order to place the Muslim community in East Timor in a corner. “We need Mr. Fatwa’s support,” said Arman.
According to Sofwan, the five were deported for political reasons. “The local authorities were worried that as members of the Muslim community, these five people would make efforts to Islamize people in East Timor,” Sofwan stated.
He added that the five had requested the Indonesian government to return them to East Timor.
(Abdul Manan/Evy Flamboyant-Tempo News Room)