23 June 2010

East Timor soldier accused of rights abuses

F-FDTL soldier assaults a young man Diario Nacional, June 23, 2010 language source: Tetun A Timor Defence Force (F-FDTL) soldier from the Marine Unit is suspected of being engaged in assaulting a young man after a wreath-laying flower ceremony in Hera, a suburb of the Cpital Dili. 

The victim, Albino Laurindo Guterres, said the F-FDTL soldier beat him when he returned from a wreath-laying flower ceremony at about 10 in the evening. 

Guterres stressed that he was faint and fell to the ground. An F-FDTL lieutenant contacted the ambulance to take him to the Guido Valadares National Hospital  for medical treatment. 

In response, State Secretary for Defence, Julio Thomas Pinto, said such attitude breached the defence forces regulation; therefore this case needed to be investigated for further legal process.
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