26 February 2011

Paixao: Parliament waiting for notification from courts



Timornewsline, February 25, 2011 language source: Tetun - Dili, timornesline,- the Second Deputy of the Parliamentary President Maria Paixao said Parliaemnt is currently waiting for an official letter from the courts to suspend Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis from his post before his court trial.

"We need a formal letter from the prime minister, but the process of suspending the deputy prime minister from his post should be based on a notification letter from the courts and we are still waiting for that," Paixao said.

"I am calling for the people not to gossip about the case, as the Parliament is currently waiting for notification from the court. Josmel.
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Parliament has not yet removed the political immunity of Guterres Televizaun Timor-Leste, February 25, 2011 language source: Tetun - Deputy Parliamentary President, Maria Paixao de Jesus, confirmed that the Parliament has not yet removed the political immunity of Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues, Jose Luis Guterres.

The court has determined that the day for trying Deputy PM Guterres will be on March 2nd, but the Public Prosecution has not sent the official letter asking for the Parliament to remove the political immunity of Guterres in order to allow him to face the court.

"We have not received any letter from the Public Prosecution asking for the Parliament to remove the political immunity of Guterres. The court should send an official letter to the Parliament so that the Parliamentarians can analyse it before deciding to remove the political immunity of Guterres," MP de Jesus said.

Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues, Jose Luis Guterres, was accused by the Public Prosecutor of engaging in abuse of power and corruption, adding that this case has been filed in the court.

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