Companion to East Timor - Collaborators
A joint investigation by James Thomas of Channel Seven and Clinton Fernandes, UNSW Canberra
East Timorese collaborators from Apodeti helped the Indonesian military to identify members of the resistance in the transit camps. Sometimes these collaborators identified people who were not connected to the resistance but against whom they had held grudges prior to the invasion.
Torture and rape were common during the interrogation process. People identified as Fretilin or Falintil were either executed immediately or interrogated at greater length and then executed. Female relatives of Fretilin leaders were often made the sexual slaves of Indonesian military officers. At the conclusion of their posting to East Timor, officers frequently transferred their 'ownership rights' over these women to other officers. Women who had connections to the resistance or who were believed to know the location of members of the resistance were forced to help the Indonesian military in its search and destroy missions. They were often subjected to torture and rape during these missions.
These videos were broadcast on Australian television in 2008. The Channel Seven reporter, James Thomas, was short-listed for a Walkley Award as a result of his investigations. I would like readers of this website to know that the families of the deceased never forgot their loved ones, and that they mourn the loss to this day.
Report Title: GUY CAMPOS, A WAR CRIMINAL AT LARGE AND OUR GOVERNMENT IN HIDING.
Journalist: JAMES THOMAS
Broadcast Dates: Part 1: 9/9/08, Part 2: 10/9/08, Part 3: 25/9/08 and 14/11/08
Background Submission: MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT.