11 June 2012

Former East Timor justice minister receives jail sentence



Former Justice Minister Lobato
ABC Radio Australia Updated 8 June 2012, 18:47 AEST - East Timor's District Court has sentenced the former Justice Minister, Lucia Lobato to five years jail for the misadministration of funds.

Lobato was found not guilty of three other charges including corruption, the abuse of power and falsification of documents.

She was elected to East Timor's first Parliament in 2001 and appointed Finance Minister in 2007.

Lobato is a member of the Social Democratic Party and was the sole female candidate in East Timor's 2007 Presidential election.

She has indicated she will not appeal but has 15 days to do so.

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