05 March 2011

Courts postpones trial for Guterres

Timor Post, March 3, 2011 language source: Tetun - The Dili District Court has postponed the trial for Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres to April 11 and April 14, 2011, as the Parliament has not yet removed the political impunity of the current deputy prime minister.

The trial was also postponed because the Deputy Prime Minister Guterres' spouse, Ana Maria Valerio, did not appear in court.

"The court cannot conduct the trial when a government official is still exercising his function," Judge Joao Ribeiro said.
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Parliament ready to remove Guterres' immunity Timor Post, March 3, 2011 language source: Tetun - Parliamentary President Fernando "Lasama" de Araujo said he accepts the courts' demand to remove the political impunity of Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres so that they could help facilitate the process of the trial.

Lasama affirmed that if the court wants the Parliament to remove the political impunity of Guterres, they will process it.

Lasama also said he is currently waiting for a material examination from the Committee I about Guterres' political immunity to be discussed before making a decision. "I am currently waiting for when the committee has submitted its material examination to the plenary for discussion," Lasama said.
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