15 February 2010

Timor-Leste Legal News 12 February 2010

Prime minister supports new anti-corruption plan Diario Nacional 12 February 2010
The Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration, Mario Viegas Carrascalao, has officially presented a new strategic plan for combating corruption in Timor-Leste, saying that Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao agrees with the plan, but some ministers continue to refuse it.

Laws on Municipal Elections still to be heard in parliament Diario Nacional 12 February 2010 The municipal assembly elections due to be held this year could be delayed due to laws regarding the elections not being passed through parliament.

Maria Paixao calls for Independent Courts on Salsinha Case Diario Nacional 12 February 2010 Deputy Parliamentary President Maria Paixão has said that justice process in Timor-Leste should uncover the truth about the attempts to assassinate President Jose Ramos Horta, so that the public can have more trust in the country’s judicial system.

Local residents call for resistance leader’s arrest Diario Nacional 12 February 2010
Zumalai residents have urged the National Police to capture the leader for the ex-resistance group CPD-RDTL, Antonio Aitahan Matak.

Bribery impeding investment in Timor-Leste Suara Timor Loro Sa’e 12 February 2010
The Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration, Mario Viegas Carrascalão, has said bribery and bureaucracy impede both national and international enterprises to invest in the country.

Current arrangements with UN Police not working: National Police Chief Suara Timor Loro Sa'e 12 February 2010 The Timorese National Police Commander, Longinhos Monteiro, has urged the Government to review current arrangements with the UN Police, because the Timorese police need to be more involved with stability efforts in the country.
National Police should stay away from politics: Social Party President Suara Timor Loro Sa’e 12 February 2010 The President of the Timorese Socialist Party, Nelson Correira, has said that the National Police force should stay away from politics, so that it can regain the confidence of the Timorese people.

Public Defender call for courts to free Salsinha and his followers Suara Timor Loro Sa’e 12 February 2010 The public defender for the ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha, and his followers, has urged the courts to free his clients, because the evidences provided are not strong to charge them.

Deputy PM Carrascalao presents new corruption plan at council of ministries Timor Post 12 February 2010 The Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration, Mario Carrascalao, has said that he has presented a new strategic plan to combat corruption in the country to the Council of Ministries, but that his ideas had mixed results at the meeting.

The Court will reveal truth: Alfredo Reinado’s Father Timor Post 12 February 2010
The former rebel leader Alredo Reinado’s foster-father, Vitor Alves, says he believes that recent court case of Gastao Salsinha will reveal the truth about the attempted assassination of President Horta on February 11th, 2008.

Ninja Gangs burn down houses, despite police intervention Timor Post 12 February 2010 Zumalai residents have voice their surprise that ninja gangs continue to attack their area, despite the national police and army being sent in late last week.

European Union and the International Justice Transition Center launch new peace project Timor Post 12 February 2010 The European Union and the International Justice Transition Center (IJTC) have launched a new project to promote stability in the country.

Parliamentary Committee A and Gender Equality Secretary discuss possible changes to domestic violence laws Timor Post 12 February 2010 The Parliamentary Committee A for Law, Constitution, and Local Power President, Fernanda Borges, has said that there may be some possible changes to laws on gender, particularly regarding domestic violence, following discussions with the State Secretary for Promotion and Gender Equality Idelta Maria Rodriguez.

Committee B President calls for Govt to review role of United Nations Police Suara Timor Loro Sa’e 12 February 2010 The Parliamentary Committee B for Defense and Security President, Duarte Nunes, has called for the Government to review the agreement made with the United Nations Police, particularly relating to security.

Courts questions President Horta’s position to testify Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 12 February 2010 The Courts has questioned abut President Jose Ramos Horta’s position, because he has yet to respond to the written questions made by the court in relation to the trial for the attempted assassination on February 11, 2008.

Political party representative participate in training Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 12 February 2010 The United Nations development Program (UNDP) Coordinator for Training, Bernardo Cardoso said the boards and the political party members should have knowledge about laws before the implementation of system of municipality.

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