HC Deb 19 September 2002 vol 390 c230W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Indonesian Government on the death in East Timor in 1999 of Sander Thoenes and on the deaths in East Timor in 1975 of British citizens Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, and other newsmen; and if he will make a statement. [73545]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

We are in close touch with the Dutch Government who have led on the case of the Dutch citizen Sander Thoenes. On 17 July, Indonesian prosecutors said they would seek to reopen the investigation into this case after receiving new evidence from the Dutch authorities. We have raised the Balibo case with the Indonesian authorities at every appropriate opportunity and will continue to do so.

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