Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cuban Doctor crosses border into Indonesia

"A Cuban doctor who was working in East Timor, Ramon Ballestero Escobar (39), crossed the Indonesian-East Timor border and entered the territory of the Indonesian province of East Nusatenggara Wednesday morning because he reportedly could not bear living conditions in the newly independent neighbouring country.
Wirasakti regiment command chief Col Noch Bola said Escobar who had been assigned by the Cuban Government to work in Suai, capital of Covalima district in East Timor, left his station and travelled to Indonesia on the ground that he could no longer live in the former Indonesian province.
Escobar was found by Border Security Task Force Command Chief Lt. Col. Ediwan Prabowo and his men when they were patrolling the border in the Indonesian district of Belu.
During questioning by Lt. Col. Ediwan, Escobar claimed he was seeking asylum in Indonesia.
"The Cuban doctor is seeking asylum so that he can be deported to his country. He said he could no longer live in East Timor under a contract system which was made by the Cuban Government to carry out a humanitarian mission," Noch Bola said.
Citing Escobar, Noch Bola said there was a shortage of supporting facilities in Suai so that the Cuban doctor could not work and live properly.
Noch Bola said Escobar would be taken to Atambua, capital of Belu district, for further interrogation."
Source: Antara (from UNOTIL Public Information Office, Daily Media Review).
Category: Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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