16 March 2013

Complaints of police and military brutality in two districts

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ETLJB 16 March 2013 - Reports of police brutality have been made to the National Parliament by the victims.  On 14 March, three men appeared in Parliament to say that they had been beaten by police officers in Viqueque.

The President of Parliamentary Committee B on Defence and Security (which heard the complants), Maria Lourdes Bessa, and undertook to request the responsible agencies to investigate. Speaking to journalists afterwards, Mrs Bessa further explained that members of both the police force and the military went to the vicitm's residence and assaulted them.

Meanwhile, in another case, two young people from Suai Loro in Covalima allege that they were beaten by police officers and appealed to the competent institutions to commence the necessary legal process against the police officers involved.

Martinho Bere Nahak, the a father of the victims, said the actions of the police were not professional when responding to any problems within the community.

“As victims’ father I urge PNTL commander to look at this case as it will impact PNTL in the future,” he said. 

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Timor President silent after witnessing police bashing during international fishing competition
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Sources: Televizaun Timor-Leste 15/03/2013; Timor Post 14/03/2013; ETLJB. Edited by Warren L. Wright

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