Gusmao sceptical on Balibo probe

By Sara Everingham

East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao says he doubts there will be justice for the deaths of the Balibo Five, because Australia's relationship with Indonesia will get in the way.

This week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced it would opened a fresh investigation into the deaths of the five Australian-based journalists in East Timor in 1975.

Mr Gusmao says he would be happy if those responsible for the deaths were brought to justice but he thinks that is unlikely.

"I don't that believe that the Australia Government will go ahead with this case," he said.

In 2007 a coroner found the journalists had been killed by Indonesian special forces to cover up the invasion of East Timor.


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