UNMIT Daily Media Review 19 August 2008
PM: Gov will be responsible for the 12 Nov victims - TVTL
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that the government will take into consideration the demands of the victims and the families of the massacres that took place in the Santa Cruz cemetery on 12 November 1991. The PM promised that the Government would support efforts to find the sites were victims of the massacre were buried.
PNTL officers suspended for misuse of funds - TVTL
The Minister of Defence and Security has suspended eight PNTL officers who were found to have misused funds during the Joint Operation Command. The officers have been suspended for three months and will have their salaries reduced. The Prime Minster said that the decision to suspend the officers was based on the results of an investigation into the Joint Operation.
Gov won’t tolerate PNTL who break the law - TVTL
The Minister of Defence and Security has said that he will not tolerate PNTL officers who break the law. This comment was made in relation to the performance of an officer who had organized some youth to attack the police station in Fatumeta on 17 July 2008. The officer responsible was suspended for forty five days during which he did not receive a salary. The Minister said that these measures were part of the reform the Government wanted to initiate in the PNTL.
Prosecutor-General defends secrecy around report - RTL
The Prosecutor-General, Longuinos Monteiro, has defended the decision of the Public Ministry to not publicise the report on the 11 February events as the investigation is sill ongoing. Mr Monteiro said that the report would be revealed once the investigation had ended and the evidence presented to the courts.
Alkatiri doubts ability of AMP to deliver pipeline to TV - Diario Nacional
Fretilin’s Secretary-General Mari Alkatiri said that he doesn’t believe the Government will be able to convince the Australian Government to create a pipeline to Timor-Leste. According to Mr Alkatiri, the Government’s words cannot be backed with concrete action as there does not exist any current mechanism or law to create such a pipeline.
Telecommunications Decree Law prepared – Timor Post
The Minister of Finance Emilia Pires has confirmed that the Government has created a decree law for communications which would allow another telecommunications company to compete with Timor Telecom. Minister Pires said that the new policy would allow for constructive competition.
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