ETLJB 12 April 2013 - Nine persons, amongst them three priests, appeared at the Baucau District Court today as accused in the trail of the case of the BNU missing money.
Although the principal accused of the eleven persons charged of the
crime of the missing US$267,500.00 from the Baucau BNU did not appear,
the three priests were amongst the group that did appear.
The Office of the Public Prosecutor has accused two former BNU Baucau
branch managers, Agostinho Gusmao and Joao da Costa Ximenes Goncalves as
the principal actors in the crime of larceny under article 251 of the
In the meantime, the 12 other accused are charged by the Office of the
Public Prosecutor under article 272 of the Criminal Code of aggravated
reception of stolen goods.
This first hearing was presided by a panel of judges led by Jose
Goncalves, with the Office of the Public Prosecutor represented by Dr.
Baltazar Ramos, with the 11 accused who appeared represented by the
Public Defendor and private lawyers, including lawyers form the Justice
and Peace Commission.
However, the first hearing could not proceed because the two principal
accused Agostinho Antonio Gusmao and Joao da Costa Ximenes Goncalves and
another accused Selite Maria Ximenes were not present because they were
not notified by the court of the hearing.
The accused Joao da Costa Ximenes Goncalves who is currently being held
in custody in Becora Jail in Dili could not appear in Court because
there was no transport available to enable him to appear at the trial in
The public defender and private lawyers expressed their dissatisfaction with the outcome because it was a waste of their time. Source: TVTL News
Friday, 5 April 2013 Edited by Warren L. Wright