Major Alfredo Reinado, one of the organisers of the coup in Dili, has finally been arrested for having illegal arms more than a month after his group was supposed to have handed over it’s stolen weapons to the Australians.
The Portuguese police were investigating a claim that one of three houses being used by Reinado was illegally occupied when they found a cache of arms.
All the houses occupied by Reinado and his supporters are directly across the road from the Australian Army Headquarters.
They were arrested after seven hours of discussions between President Gusmao, Attorney General Longuinas Monteiro. The amnesty for handing in stolen arms had expired at the weekend.
Reinado and his group was supposed to have handed over their weapons in a press event staged by the Australian Army on 16th June. At the time it was apparent that only a small number of arms had been handed over.