Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 29, 2011 language source: Tetun - The Timorese National Police (PNTL) have detained 38 men in Laisorulai of Quelecai in Baucau District during a week-long operation because they were believed to have engaged in theft and sexual assault in the area.
The police operational staff of more than 200 was comprised of Lautem, Baucau and Viqueque Districts police and the operation was led by the PNTL Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro.
Monteiro said they detained 38 men for investigation purposes and they will be held responsible for what they did.
"We are able to detain 38 men during the operation as they are believed to have engaged in acts of crime. We detained them so that they can be tried for their alleged crimes, Monteiro said.
Lasama calls on PNTL to take mastermind to the courts Independente, June 29, 2011 language source: Tetun - The Parliamentary President Fernando Lasama de Araujo has called on the Timorese National Police (PNTL) to capture people who are believed to have been engaged in acts of crime in Quelicai, Samalari and Viqueque.
Lasama made the call because there are some illegal groups in the area who have slaughtered and stole the local residents' livestock, as well as committed a numbers of assaults. "It happens in six villages in Quelicai, including a village in Vatulari of Viqueque and Samalari of Baucau. The residents are calling on PNTL to set up permanent security posts in the area," Lasama said.
MP David Dais Ximenes said this problem happened because the national police have not carried out their work effectively to prevent them; therefore he called on PNTL to do their work more optimally in the future.