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27 August 2008

Police call on residents to hand over illegal weapons

Radio Televisaun Timor Leste, 26 August - Dili District Police Commander, Inspector Pedro Belo has called on all residents in the capital Dili to hand over illegal weapons which are still at large within the community to the security forces.

The commander said if the residents did not want to hand over the illegal weapons they were hiding, the police would arrest them if the deadline set by the country's authorities had passed.

Belo said in supporting the recall of all the illegal weapons in the capital, that the police had coordinated with the Dili district administrator and village chiefs to contact residents to hand over the weapons they were carrying.

Belo also denied an allegation that his police officers were suspected of being backed and involved in the illegal gambling. "If any of the police officers are found guilty in backing the illegal gambling, they should be sanctioned," Belo said.

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