03 June 2012

Tempo Semanal director refuses to testify in Justice Minister corruption trial

Diario Nacional may 29 2012, Language Source: Tetun - The Director for Tempo Semanal newspaper, Jose Antonio Belo, has refused to testify in the Dili District Court in relation to the allegation of abuse of power, involving Minister for Justice Lucia Lobato and her Procurement Director, Antonio de Araujo Freitas.

Yesterday Dili District Court summoned Mr. Belo to testify but he refused to give his testimonial declaration as it was journalistically confidential information.

"I will not respond to the court because the law prohibits me from discrediting leaders' dignity in the court and as journalists we have our own code of ethics," Belo said.

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