26 July 2012

East Timor Legal News 25 July 2012

Headlines: CNRT’s Gusmao meets with TMR to discuss new government - President TMR holds meeting with CNRT, PD and Frente Mudanca leaders - Fretilin leaders meet with Gusmao - President approves three-party coalition government - Police arrest prostitutes near Presidential Palace - Immigration police detain 37 Indonesians - Gusmao will study Fretilin’s proposal to join government - F-FDTL plans to place air force in Baucau - CPD-RDTL calls for collective governance - Suspect who stabbed CNRT member indentified - Police identify suspects in Annur Mosque case - TMR agrees to Coalition Government - New Government-MP's should declare their wealth - Police officer dies after medical treatment in HNGV
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CNRT’s Gusmao meets with TMR to discuss new government Radio Televizaun de Timor-Leste July 25, 2012 - The National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) party President Xanana Gusmao has held a meeting with President Taur Matan Ruak (TMR) to discuss the establishment of the new government.

“The President contacted me because CNRT is the party that won the majority of seats in the parliament and intends to form a coalition government which is constitutional,” Gusmao said.

Gusmao added he also informed the president about the security situation in the country after the CNRT conference, and about the CNRT party making informal approached to PD and Frente Mudanca about the coalition.

“I came to inform the president that we are ready to form a coalition with two parties, although I have not contacted their leaders formally,” he said.
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President TMR holds meeting with CNRT, PD and Frente Mudanca leaders - Radio Televizaun de Timor-Leste July 25, 2012 - The President of the Republic Taur Matan Ruak has held a meeting with CNRT, the Democratic Party (PD) and Frente Mudanca to discuss the establishment of the fifth constitutional government.

Speaking to the journalists, the PD President Fernando Lasama said CNRT, PD and Frente Mudanca have officially informed the president of the republic about their readiness to set up the new government for another five years.

“We meet the set criteria. CNRT, PD and Frente Mudanca have 40 MPs in the parliament we will ensure a solid government for five years,” Lasama said.

He added the technical team would make some changes by excluding some current ministers and the swearing-in for the new cabinet would on August 8.
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Fretilin leaders meet with Gusmao - Radio Timor-Leste, July 25, 2012 - Fretilin Party leaders have held a meeting with the President of CNRT Xanana Gusmao but the issues discussed in the meeting were not disclosed.

CNRT Party President Gusmao said he would consult with the Democratic Party and Frenti Mudanca leaders on the ideas of the Fretilin Party.

“It is good to consult with me; this is reaction that the three of us discussed. And we need to have an agreement,” he said.

Mr. Gusmao added that the political parties’ leaders and the president of the republic would continue discussing the issue which was about the country’s national interest.
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The Presidential Palace, Dili, East Timor
President approves three-party coalition government Independente July 25, 2012 - A three-party coalition will form the new government of Timor-Leste. President Taur Matan Ruak informed the leaders of the three parties of his decision at a meeting at the presidential palace yesterday.

The president of the Democratic Party (PD) Mr. Fernando Lasama de Araujo said the three parties, CNRT, PD and Frente Mudanca had yet to discuss whether Fretilin would be involved in the new government.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and CNRT president, MR Xanana Gusmao, said the coalition would discuss the new government’s structure before presenting this to the president.

The CNRT’s national conference decided last week to invite the two minor parties to join the new government.
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Police arrest prostitutes near Presidential Palace Independente July 25, 2012 - The Timorese National Police (PNTL) from the Department of Immigration has arrested a number of prostitutes in a house near the Palace of the President.

The Immigration Police Commander, Superintendent Jose da Costa, said the police surrounded the place at which the prostitution activity went on. Some Timorese and foreign prostitutes were found there.

“Yesterday at four o’clock I told my staffs to Aitarak Laran to arrest seven Timorese who engaged in prostitution next to the presidential palace,” da Costa said.

He added that the police would continue to investigate to discover the man behind the prostitution activity in the country.


See also ROCCIPI Analysis of the Social Problem of Prostitution in East Timor on the East Timor Law Journal
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Immigration police detain 37 Indonesians - Independente July 25, 2012 - The immigration police detained 37 Indonesians who are holding tourist visas but who were working illegally in the country. Those Indonesians were detained at the National Election Commission (CNE) new building site in Colmera in Dili.

Da Costa called on the company to be responsible for this mater as it had employed them in the project.

“The company should be responsible and recruit their workers according to the existing law of the country,” he said.
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Gusmao will study Fretilin’s proposal to join government - Independente July 25, 2012- The CNRT Party President Xanana Gusmao said he would study the proposal from Fretilin requesting participation in the new government.

Fretilin has approached Mr. Gusmao to discuss their position as opposition in the National Parliament and about their willingness to join the new government.

Gusmao said he would study and discuss with CNRT’s leaders about the coalition, adding that he would respond to the request after their internal party meeting

He called on all the Timorese people to create peace and put national interest as their top priority.
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F-FDTL plans to place air force in Baucau Diario Nacional, July 25, 2012 - The Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) is planning to place its future air force in the eastern district of Baucau, State Secretary for Defence Julio Thomas Pinto said.

F-FDTL’s future air force will be placed in Baucau, he said during a speech marking his farewell ceremony at the defence force base in Baucau recently.

Mr. Pinto explained that the Timorese ground force was currently based on in Baucau, but according to PEDN [the National Development Plan], it would be placed on the southern coast of the country.

“As you know, this place will be used as the future air force base and your base will be moved to the southern coast of the country,” he said.
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CPD-RDTL calls for collective governance Diario Nacional, July 25, 2012 - CPD-RDTL [a Timorese resistance organisation] has called on the winner of the parliamentary election party to set up a collective government to ensure peace and stability in the country.

“We are calling for the establishment of a collective governance to strengthen unity and maintain peace and stability,” spokesperson for CPD-RDTL, Gil Fernandes, said.
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Suspect who stabbed CNRT member indentified - Timor Post, July 25, 2012 - The National Criminal Investigation (SIC) Commander, Calisto Gonzaga, said the person who was suspected of stabbing a CNRT party member in Ermera district had been identified by the police.

“The suspect who stabbed the CNRT member, Martinho de Carvalho, in the village of Urahou of Ermera has been identified,” he said.

Commander Gonzaga affirmed that the process of investigation into the case was going on for further legal process.
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Police identify suspects in Annur Mosque case - Suara Timor Loro Sae July 25- The Timorese National Police (PNTL) have identified some suspects who were engaged in damaging the Annur Mosque in Kampung Alor in Dili last week.

PNTL Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro, said that Mosque Annur case suspects had been identified for investigation purposes.

“We have identified some of the suspects, even though we do not yet know how many people were involved in this case, but through these people we will know how many other peoplewere involved,” he said.
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TMR agrees to Coalition Government - Suara Timor Loro Sae, July 25 - Timor- Leste will have its new government called the Coalition Government for the 2012-2017 period and the president of the republic Taur Matan Ruak (TMR) said he agreed with such a kind of government.

CNRT party president Xanana Gusmao as the most elected party and the president of PD and Frente ­ Mudansa met with TMR to inform him about the formation of the new government.

“We already had an informal contact with PD and FM and we are here to inform the president about these three parties which will form coalition” Gusmao said.
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New Government-National Parliament members should declare their wealth - Suara Timor Loro Sae, July 25 - The new government and the national parliament members should declare their wealth to the appellate court to combat corruption in the country, the former Director of HAK, Rui Viana, said.

The population should know their leaders’ wealth before becoming government and national parliament members, he said.

According to him, the new government members should be professional and be capable of fighting corruption, even though Tmor-Leste did not have a strong anti-corruption law.
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Police officer dies after medical treatment Suara Timor Loro Sae, July 25 - A Timorese National Police officer, agent Joao Dos Reis, who was recently treated in the Guido Valadares National Hospital after an accident in Lolotoi when escorting ballot boxes from Lolotoe Sub-district to Maliana has passed away.

The victim’s family member, Manuel Da Costa, said the late Joao died while doing his duty as a police officer.

“We are calling on the state bodies to look after the victim’s family members, especially the future of his children” Costa said.
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