|East Timor's Court of Appeal|
According to Calisto Gonzaga’s defence counsel, Sergio Paulo Dias Quintas, on Tuesday 28 October 2014 the Court of Appeal annulled the conviction of the accused and sentence to 9 years jail by the Dili District Court.
The retrial will be for the court to receive the testimony of two witnesses listed by the defence side, one being PNTL Commander Longuinhos Monteiro and the other Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, Sergio told journalists during a press conference at the Public Defenders office in Kintal Bot last Wednesday (29-10-2014).
Defence counsel explained that the court will now be able to hear Calisto’s allegations that he was only following the government’s orders for him to act as he did, and therefor defence counsel believed that his client would be absolved in any retrial. The complete story may be found in STLs article on the web edition Thursday (30-10-2014). Timotio Gusmao/Domingas Gomes Source: http://suara-timor-lorosae.com/la-rona-deklarasaun-xanana-long-tr-konsidera-desizaun-tdd-ba-kazu-calisto-la-vale
Court sentences former commander of criminal investigations to 9 years in prison