23 March 2010

Justice Minister Lobato: Amend constitution first before using Tetun only in the court

Timor Post, March 17, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Justice Minister Lucia Lobato has said that it is important to amend the Timorese Constitution first if people want to use Tetun in the trial process.

“It is better to amend the Constitution and approve Tetun as official language so that it can be used in the court,” Minister Lobato said.

Minister Lobato made the comment following the Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) Commander Major General Taur Matan Ruak call to the court to use Tetun in the court.

Minister Lobato has also confirmed that Tetun has also been used in the court including in the trial process.

“Tetun has been used in trial process in the court, because the lawyers speak Tetun, adding that the prosecutors also make accusations using Tetun,” Minister Lobato said.

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