Prosecutions of Crimes Against Humanity in Timor-Leste: A Case Analysis



This paper analyzes the Maubuti case in Timor-Leste, the third serious crimes case to be brought to trial after the closure of the UN-supported Serious Crimes Unit in 2005. Maubuti was indicted for crimes against humanity including murder, attempted murder, and rape. The decision and procedural aspects of the trial raise serious concerns about the Timorese courts’ capacity to try international crimes. The case further brings into question scores of prior successful prosecutions of crimes against humanity in Timor-Leste.

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