17 August 2008

Legal Reports East Timor National Media 15 August 2008

UNMIT Daily Media Review 15 August 2008

Illegal weapons handed over to PNTL in Viqueque – TVTL
The population of Viqueque District have voluntarily handed over their illegal weapons to the PNTL District Commander Justino Menezes. The weapons included bullets, ammunition, hand grenades and riffles. Mr Menezes said that such traditional weapons were voluntarily handed over by people in each sub-district of the Viqueque. It is planned that all collected weapons will be destroyed on the anniversary of the Popular Consultation Day celebrated on 30 August.

400 more IDP families return home – TVTL
More than four hundred IDP families of the Minor Seminary of Balide IDP Camp have returned to their communities. The Minister of Social Solidarity Domingas Alves said that the decision of the IDPs to return home has contributed to the country’s future development. Separately, Camp Manager Antoninho dos Santos said that they are happy with the reintegration program of the Government but are still concerned about the safety of the IDPs once they return to their communities.

Salvador Martins: ready to pay gambling tax – TVTL
Salvador Martins ‘Mauhoka’, a gambler in Dili, said that he would be ready to pay a gambling tax. Mauhoka, responsible for running the gambling game bola guling, said that he would agree to pay a gambling tax if a gambling law was passed in the country. He said that as a result of the Government clamp down on gambling, the 3000 people he employs will lose their jobs. Mauhoka is currently preparing a petition to ask the Government to reactivate gambling in Dili.

Weapons Collection Campaign ends – Timor Post and Diario Nacional
The Operational Commander of PNTL Mateus Fernandes said that during the weapon’s collection campaign, the public had voluntarily handed over traditional weapons to the operation team in every district. Separately, the State Secretary for the Council of Ministers Agio Pereira said that the Council of Ministers will have a congress with the Prime Minister to announce the result of this campaign and whether there is a possibility for extending the campaign.

Elections cancelled for Chefe Sucos, Chefe Aldeias and Conselho do Sucos - RTL, Timor Post and Suara Timor Lorosa’e
The President of CNE Faustino Cardoso said that the National Commission of Electoral (CNE) will not be holding elections this year for Chefe Sucos, Chefe Aldeias and Conselho do Sucos. Mr Cardoso said that the elections were being stalled by a lack of time, funding and preparation.

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