Coming to Grips with History, Jakarta-Style

For a man facing the death penalty, Eurico Guterres doesn't look anxious. Sitting in a steamy Jakarta courthouse, a ceiling fan whirring overhead, he appears to have given more consideration to choosing his outfit—combat fatigues smartly pressed, a red and white scarf tied fastidiously around his neck—than to saving his own skin. Guterres is a central figure in the first ever human-rights trials held on Indonesian soil, a highly public attempt to account and atone for the carnage that occurred in East Timor in 1999 when the Indonesian military, in conjunction with local militias, viciously turned on supporters of East Timor's...

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