09 August 2012

East Timor Legal News 08 July 2012

The East Timor Police at work
Police assault party to land dispute Timor Post August 8, 2012 -  The Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers from the Aileu District Task Force has engaged in physical aggression againsta a party to a land dispute, Mr Agustinho Sarmento in the Hudilaran Sub village.

“They (the police) contacted me to attend the police station to resolve a land dispute problem but the police officers kicked my right side,” Sarmento said.

He added that, based on the constitution, the land dispute as a civil case and should not involve the police to resolve or mediate. The police presence should monitor the security situation during the mediation.
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Major General Lere Anan Timur
Defence Chief calls on NGOs not to intervene n the work of military Suara Timor-Lorosae August 8, 2012 -  The Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) Commander, Major General Lere Anan Timur, has called on the Non-Government Organisations (NGO) do not intervene in the work of the military.

Lere added that whether the F-FDTL command wants to dismiss members or not it is a competency of the commanders not of civilians so he called on civilians in NGO's not to interven in the work of the military in the country.

He added that NGOs should keep quiet and earn money because they do not understand the military’s work.
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Police officer who killed student Armindo awaiting Court’s decision Timor Post, August 8, 2012 -  The poice officer who is believed to have shot dead Mr Armindo Pereira Alves in Hera on July 16, 2012 during the post-election outbreaks of violence was awaiting the Dili District Court's decision.

Deputy of the Timorese National Police (PNTL) Commander, Commissioner of Police Afonso de Jesus, told  journalists at the PNTL’s headquarter in Kaikoli of Dili.

“The case is actually processed in the Dili District Court and we wait for the Court decision as a final judgment,” he said.
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Police have not yet identifeid suspects who killed Viana Suara Timor Lorosae, August 8, 2012 -  Police have not yet identified any suspects in the murder of Marcelino Viana’s but the Criminal Investigation police have been trying to identify the suspects, said the Criminal Investigation Police Commander (SIC), Superintendent Calistro Gonzaga.

He added that if the suspects who murdered Mr Marcelino Viana a few months ago were not identified, the case would be reopened to continue to be process.

“Regarding Marcelino’s case, the victim’s family has called on us to continue proceeding the case, but we have not identified the suspects yet, therefore, it is difficult to solve this case,” he said.
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