01 October 2012

East Timor Legal News 24 September 2012



19 Houses burnt, 3 killed in a fire in Quelicai- Televizaun Timor-Leste reported today that three people died during a fire which happened in Quelicai in the eastern district of Baucau last Friday morning (21/9/2012.

Local authorities have not yet determined the motive for what appears to be a mass arson attack. None of the properties could be saved.
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Government says it will replace Police Commander Monteiro - According to a report today by Diario Nacional, the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has said that the Government will replace the current General Commander of the East Timor police, Commissioner Longinhos Monteiro, at the end of his term this year.

There have been appeals from civil society and Members of Parliament to replace PNTL General Commander Commissioner Monteiro following numerous events of weapons mismanagement, the involvement of police in illegal activities and human rights violations and a failure to tackle rising crime rates in the country.
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Government confirms end of UNMIT and ISF missions in East Timor - Timor Post reported today tha the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has declared that East Timorese Government had decided to end the International Stability Force (ISF) and the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) mandates in December this year.

"I have talked with the Australian and New Zealand governments about the International Stabilisation Force and we want to we want to end this mission," he said.

He added that even though ISF as well as the UNMIT missions would end, bilateral cooperation between the various countries involved in the ISF would continue.
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Police and Military continue controlling potential conflict areas - Timor Post also reported today that both the police and the military would continue deploying their members in potential conflict areas in the capital city, Dili and other places in the country to guarantee security and stability. in the country, PNTL commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro said.

According to the Police Commissioner, the police and military command will withdraw their officers and personnel from those areas if the security situation remains calm and there is no further conflicts.

"From our observations, the situation remains calm, but police patrols will continue," he said.

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