SYDNEY 08 August 2009 ETLJB looks back at a legal issue in the news in East Timor; in this case 3 years ago when the Human Rights and Justice Ombudsman had already received 75 cases of allegations of human rights violations, maladministration and corruption. Little has changed 3 years on with the current Parliamentary Majority Alliance government of armed independence struggle leader Xanana Gusmao embroiled in multiple scandals of nepotism, cronyism and corruption. The mandate of Senhor Sebastiao Dias Ximenes has recently expired and he has launched a scathing attack on the Gusmao government by releasing a report alleging entrenced and systematic corruption in the public administration in Timor-Leste. In its turn, the government has refuted the allegations and condemned the former Ombudsman as a biased political appointment of the previous Fretilin government.
From the archive of the East Timor Legal Information Site
RTTL (Timor-Leste Radio and Television) News Headlines (08-08-06)- MP Leandro Isac submits complaint to Provedor - Yesterday MP Leandro Isac went to Provedor office to submit a complaint of abuse power by the authorities. Speaking to press MP Leandro Isac said he has counting with his fingers and the total of amount of tax money that should have gone to the government treasury, but did not, is between $700.000 and $1.000.000. This amount was not submitted to the government bank account. Meanwhile the Provedor for human rights and justice, Sebastiao Dias Ximenes has stated that since the Provedor office opened on 20 March 2006 they have received around 75 cases. Amongst these cases are; human right violation, 20 cases of maladministration and 5 cases of corruption.