07 February 2012

Timor-Leste Legal News 06 February 2012



President Horta concerned about condition of police in Zumalai Source: Radio Televizaun de Timor-Leste - President of the Republic, Jose Ramos Horta, said he was concerned about the condition of the Timorese National Police (PNTL) in Zumalai in Covalima District.

President Horta also expressed his concern about the facilities used by the police in carrying out their work to maintain the security in the area.

Zumalai subdistrict Police Commander Superintendent Chief Antonio Maulota said that they were setting up security posts in Tashili sub-village, but the police officers in the post were withdrawn after last year’s martial arts conflict in the area.

“The general security situation is going well at this time particularly in Galitas. The political situation in the area is also going well because all parties cooperate well with the police,” Maulota said. He added that they were lacking in radio communications used to facilitate carrying out their work, adding that they had reported this case to the General Commander of PNTL, but unfortunately there was no response to date.
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Gusmao calls on presidential candidates not to speak about the past Source: Indepedente - Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has called on presidential candidates not speak about the past during their political campaigns.

Gusmao said the presidential candidates should not re-open cases from the past to undermine each other. According to the Prime Minister, talking about the past in the campaign will not guarantee peace and stability based on the constitution.

“I am calling on the presidential candidates not to criticise one another using cases from the past,” he said.
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Politicians should avoid using provocative language during campaigning  Source: Suara Timor Lorosae -MP Paulo de Fatima Martins from the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) has called on politicians not to use provocative language during their political campaigns.

“We all want the election process to run well and be successful; therefore all political leaders should not provoke people but only speak of the truth. They should not insult or speak badly about other parties,” MP Martins said.

A presidential candidate Rogerio Tiago Lobato recently said that he would hold his political campaigns based on the rules set by the National Commission for Election (CNE) adding that he would not attack other presidential candidates.

“I am ready to hold campaigning based on the rules set by CNE. I will organise my political campaign well and will not attack or speak ill of other people. I just want to add that my candidacy is not aimed at attacking other people,” Lobato said.
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Court has not tried illegal fishermen Source: Suara Timor Lorosae -The Timorese Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) has submitted findings of its investigation into the case of illegal fishing involving six Indonesians to the Public Prosecution, but unfortunately the court has not tried the referred case, said SIC Commander.

“We have submitted the investigation report to the Public Prosecution in order to contact six illegal fishermen from Indonesia to attend the first hearing in the Baucau District Court,” Superintendent Calisto Gonzaga said. He confirmed that the six illegal fisherman from Indonesia were waiting for a summons from the court to attend the first hearing. The six illegal fishermen from Indonesia were detained by the Timorese Naval Force and Maritime Police during a joint patrol recently.
-----Integrated post in Batugade inaugurated Source: Diario Nacional -Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has inaugurated a traditional market and integrated border post in Batugade to facilitate the process of going in and out at the border with Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

PM Gusmao said the integrated post and traditional market were important for Timor-Leste in both economic and security areas. Gusmao confirmed that the objective of building the integrated post was to prevent people from going in and out of the country illegally.

“Many people are going in and out Timor-Leste and Indonesia through illegal paths; therefore the objective for establishing the integrated post was to better control the illegal paths at the border,” PM Gusmao said.

Finance Minister, Emilia Pires said, with the integrated post that had been established to better facilitate the work of customs and other ministries that were willing to increase the economy of the country.

Pires added the Government would create facilities for the customs and the work of the Timorese National Police (PNTL), especially the immigration police to better control the activity of the people in the country.
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Gusmao calls on all Presidential candidates not to demolish national stability Source: Diario National  -Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has called on all presidential candidates not to demolish the country’s national stability.

The presidential candidates should not make a provocative statements in the campaign because it will destroy  national stability and the people will become victims in the country, PM Gusmao said.

“All presidential candidates should talk with our people not to destroy our national stability,” Gusmao said. “I believe that the campaigning has not yet run but after the presidential campaigns I think all the candidates should hold a debate with civil society and civil society should educate our people,” Gusmao said.
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KAK commissioner threatened Source: Diario Nacional -MP Estanislau Alexo da Silva from Fretilin said he was concerned as the Anti Corruption Commission (KAK) Commissioner, Aderito de Jesus, was threatened by some corruptors after he conducted investigations into corruption cases.

The state should protect the people who hold investigation. I know that the KAK commissioner Aderito de Jesus said he was threatened, this was unacceptable and the state should protect him,” MP da Silva said.

MP da Silva said that the state should protect him because sometimes he was contacted by the corruptors who threatened him; therefore he called on the state to give all necessary protection for him if not the investigation would not run successfully in the country.

“We are calling on the state to give protection to him, so that he can carry out his work, we [Fretilin] were unhappy when hearing corruptors threatened KAK’s commissioner; therefore the state should protect him,” da Silva said.

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