19 February 2010

Timor-Leste News 17 February 2010

National News’ Headings:

*National police operation for hunting ninja appears violation against
human right
*Deputy PM Carrascalão launches Timorese Woman Enterprise
*Timorese army’s deployment in Bobonaro and Kovalima districts is vague
*The Court has made legal verdict on Oan-kiak and da Costa
*KAK will fail if Deputy PM Carrascalão’s strategic plans working
effectively
*Democratic Party and Fretilin MPs wrangle in the Parliament
*National Police detain a testimony
*Emigration Police should control border well
*Mister Pires calls for Customs department police to control well work
of its department
*President Horta has not responded all the questions provided by public prosecution
*Bobonaro district police and resident will not tolerate ninja gang
*More than twenty community leaders participate in a training
*Timorese Army’s presence in the border is not to prosecute people

National News:
*National police operation for hunting ninja appears violation against
human right
*Timor News Line, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

A national NGO HAK’s Manager for strengthening law program, Rogerio
Viegas, has said that the result of their observation showed that the
Timorese National Police (PNTL) operation in the Bobonaro and Kovalima
Districts for hunting ninja gang had appear violence that is against
human right.

Mr. Viegas made the comment following the national police had maltreated
those alleged people who been detained, and said it was a violence and
breach the Timorese constitution.

Mr. Viegas also called for the National Police Commander, Commissary
Longuinhos Monteiro, to better control his officer in order to stay away
from the criminal act against human right.


*Deputy PM Carrascalão launches Timorese Woman Enterprise
*Timor News Line, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration, Mario
Viegas Carrascalão, has officially launched Woman Association Enterprise
called AEC-TL in Hotel Timor Dili.

Deputy PM Carrascalão said that this initiative of involving woman in
the construction area is very important as it a part of the country’s
development process.

“I do appreciate with this initiative of forming the association that
will also benefit to the country’s development process,” Carrascalão
said.

Meanwhile, the State Secretary for Promotion and Gender Equality, Idelta
Maria Rodrigues, has said that woman should have enough encouragement to
face challenges in the future.

President for AEC-TL, Hergui Luina Fernandes Alves, has also said that
the formation of the woman enterprise was based on the Timorese
constitution that has guaranteed all the citizens to form an
organization.

Mrs. Alves also said that their association will ready to undertake any
construction projects in the future.


*Timorese army’s deployment in Bobonaro and Kovalima districts is vague
*Timor News Line, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fretilin MP, David Dias Ximenes, has said that the deployment of the
Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Officers in the Bobonaro and Kovalima
districts is vague (not clear).

Mr. Ximenes made the comments following the recent comment made by the
State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, saying that the
Timorese Army’s deployment in the Bobonaro and Kovalima district was to
prevent illegal Immigrants and not to join with the national police to
hunt ninja gang.

“The Timorese Army’s deployment in the Bobonaro and Kovalima districts
is vague and that can appear misunderstanding between the Timorese
Defense Force (F-FDTL) and National Police Commanders,” Mr. Ximenes
said.

Meanwhile, the F-FDTL Commander, Major General Taur Matan Ruak and the
Timorese National Police Commander, Longuinhos Monteiro, have made the
comment recently that the deployment of the two hundred of the Timorese
Army was to support the national police to minimize criminal act
committed by the ninja gang in the area.


*The Court has made legal verdict on Oan-kiak and da Costa
*Timor Post, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District Court has made a legal verdict to sentence Frederico
Florindo eight year and six year to Alberto da Costa in prison.

The decision made was based on the Timorese constitution’s article No
170, as they had breached this article and they were accused to shoot
dead Vicente Moniz and injured Priest Mouzinho Lopes and Tektum Ling.

Meanwhile, the defender for Oan-kiak and da Costa, Pedro Aparicio, has
lamented that the decision made by the court is not fair as what his
client did in the past was not their own will, but the Timorese Defense
Force (F-FDTL) called them to help the security force to maintain
security in the country.

The Accused, Oan-Kiak also said that he was dissatisfied with the court
decision as he was also victim of the 2006’s incident.


*KAK will fail if Deputy PM Carrascalão’s strategic plans working
effectively
*Timor Post, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Public Administration, Mario
Viegas Carrascalão, has said that when his strategic plan to combat
corruption in the country effectively working, then the anti-corruption
commission will fail in undertaking its role.


Deputy PM Carrascalão has explained that the strategic plan he submitted
to the Council of Ministries to be discussed is to improve the
Government’s administration system.

Mr. Carrascalão added the strategic plan was not to help KAK to combat
corrupt practices, but for the administration purpose.

He also said that the KAK will not bring people to the court because of
corrupt if his strategic plan work effectively.


*Democratic Party and Fretilin MPs wrangle in the Parliament
*Timor Post, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

MPs from Democratic Party (PD) and Fretilin were wrangled in the
Parliament yesterday due to the case of ninja gang in the Bobonaro and
Kovalima districts.

The incident was happening after a political statement made by MP from
PD, Vital dos Santos, denied that his party’s followers had join with
the ninja gang in the Bobonaro and Kovalima and said it was falsehood.

MP dos Santos said that the perpetrator of killing Ersilia de Jesus and
Sabina Maia were the ex-resistance organization (CPD-RDTL) and Fretilin
followers and not PD’s followers; therefore he called for the Fretilin
MPs not to manipulate evidences.

Meanwhile, Fretilin MP Francisco Miranda Branco has said that his party
had never manipulated any facts so far.


*National Police detain a testimony
*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District court has issue an arrest letter to the National Police to
detain a testimony who had not appear in the court to provide his
testimony about the serious crime taken place in the 1999.

Dili district court continue trying Domingos Maubuti, who is allegedly
involving in the 1999 ‘ serious crime, although some testimonies were
not present in the trial process.

The court issued an arrest letter to the national police and the United
Nations police to bring the testimony to Dili for clarification in the
court following the testimonies had not reasoned that they had no money
to travel to Dili and they were getting old.


*Emigration Police should control border well
*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Association Democratic Party (ASDT) MP, Francisco de
Araujo, has called for the Timorese National Police (PNTL) to better
control the border to prevent illegal immigrants that could infiltrate
into the country.

Mr. de Jesus said that the police, particularly the Emigration
Department police should also pay a maximal attention to the
administration process for the foreigners who come in and out of the
country.

Mr. de Jesus made the comment following some foreigner come to the
country with tourist visa, but latter they conduct business in the
country; therefore he stressed that it should not happen.

Meanwhile, the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT)
MP, Aderito Hugo da Costa, has said that the Emigration department
should take a strong action to respond to this case in order to minimize
illegal immigrants.


*Mister Pires calls for Customs department police to control well work
of its department

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Finance and Planning Minister, Emilia Pires, has called for the Timorese
Customs Department Police to better control the work carried out by the
Customs officials.

She made the call in a two-hour inspection into the referred department
in order to observe closely the work carried out by the Customs
officials.

Mrs. Pires added that the role of this department was like the border
police’s role; therefore the officials should better control imported
goods into the country.

Meanwhile, The Timorese Customs Department Director, Acacio Oliveira,
has called for the officials who have engaged in a recent allegation
about bribery to show evidences for further legal process.


*President Horta has not responded all the questions provided by public
prosecution
*Radio&Televizaun Timor Leste, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Final decision for the allegation of the attempted assassination case on
President Jose Ramos Horta that took place on February 2008 was
prolonged, because the president had not responded the entire question
provided by the prosecutor general.

Prosecutor, Felismino Cardoso, has confirmed that many questions had not
been answered by the president, but he [President Horta] has only
answerd those questions from defender.

Mr. Cardoso called for the court to prolong time, so that the president
could answer all the questions provided.


*Bobonaro district police and resident will not tolerate ninja gang
*Radio Timor Leste, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Bobonaro district administrator, Sidonio Fontes, has said that they will
collaborate well with the national police to hamper ninja gang to expand
its activity in the area.

Mr. Fontes said that intimidation, terror and criminal act should not
appear again in his district as his residents want to live peacefully.

He also called for the residents to check the people who are new to
their area to make sure what its status is.

Meanwhile, the State Secretary for Defense, Julio Tomas Pinto, has said
that the Government will not allow any group to create instability in
the country.

Atabae police commander, Arsenti Arsenio Noronha Moniz, has said that
they will make efforts to ensure security to all the residents in the
area, although some of the ninja gang followers were not detained yet.


*More than twenty community leaders participate in a training
*Radio Timor Leste, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

More than twenty community leader in Ritabou Village have participated a
leadership training to improve their skills.

Ritabou chief of village, Maria Lourdes de Jesus, has said that it is
important for the community leader to participate in training to improve
their skills particularly in decision making.

The training also focused on the gender participation in political
decision making.


*Timorese Army’s presence in the border is not to prosecute people
*Televizaun Timor Leste, February 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Chief of State, Colonel Filomeno
Paixão, has confirmed that the army’s presence in the border was to
ensure security to the people, but not to prosecute the people.

Colonel Paixão said that the two hundred army officers been deployed in
the border as people in the area have shrieked to the country’s security
force to insure people’s safety from the recent criminal act committed
by ninja gang in the Bobonaro and Kovalima districts.

Colonel Paixão also said they will add new security posts in some places
which are identified as a base for ninja gang to demonstrate their
criminal act.

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