22 September 2012

East Timor Legal News 21 September 2012



Location of Manufahi District
Illegal group frightens local residents of Tituloru in Alas - An illegal group of unknown people dressed all in black has appeared in Daisula and Titiloru villages in Alas in the Manufahi District frightening the local residents.


Radio Timor-Leste reported today that, local residents said that the group wore black uniforms and were moving around in the area in a car at night so it was not possible to identify who they were.

The local residents called on the security authorities, especially the national police, to provide security at night time because they wanted to remain calm.

Manufahi district Police has assigned one platoon of its officers to control and monitor the security situation in the area.
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New Commander needed for police force, says Fundasaun Mahein - Civil society security sector monitoring organisation, the Mahein Foundation, has called on the government to appoint a new person from within the East Timor National Police force when the current mandate of Longinhos Monteiro ends next year. AHEIN Foundation (FM) has called on Government to appoint a person from Timorese National Police (PNTL) for assuming the post of General Commander when the current police commander Longuinhos Monteiro's mandate ends next year.

Research Coordinator for MAHEIN Foundation, Joao Almeida Fernandes said "Mr. Monteiro's term as Commissioner of Police will end in 2013 and we are hoping that the government will appoint another person from PNTL itself to assume the post because if a civilian were to be appointed as the Commander of PNTL, the police officers would not respect him," he said.
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New Zealand to support Timor-Leste's defence and security sectors - The Government of New Zealand has declared its commitment to support East Timor's defence and security sectors when the current International Stabilisation Force ends later this year.

Televizaun Timor-Leste reported the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray Mcculy comments that he made during a meeting with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on Wednesday (19/9) at the Palace of the Government.

Mr. Mcculy said his Government was also ready to cooperate with Timor-Leste in the field of forestry and fisheries.

He was pleased with the meeting with the prime minister as he could directly hear about progresses that the country had achieved.

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