24 August 2011
Convicted Dili District administrator appeals against jail time
East Timor Legal News 23/08/2011 Source: Independente 23 August 2011 - Dili District Administrator Ruben Joao Braz wants to pay US$21,800 to the court instead of going to jail for corruption, his lawyer Manuel Soares said.
On August 6, the Dili District Court sentenced Braz to three and a half years in prison after the Public Prosecution accused him of using US $21, 800 in public funds for his own private interests in 2001.
Braz disagrees with the court's decision and has submitted an appeal to the Court of Appeals.
Soares said his client would pay back the UD $ 21, 800, but did not want to go to jail.: