Headlines: Court postpones trial for firing into F-FDTL soldiers in 2006 - Government approves national security law - Inquiries for two men who died after drinking traditional gin - Parliamentary table in charge has no right to suspend MP Caminha
Court postpones trial for firing into F-FDTL soldiers in 2006 - Radio Timor Leste 2 October 2008
The Dili District Court have postponed trial for former civilian hit squad commander, Vicente da Conceicao known as Railos and two of his followers, Mateus Dos Santos alias Maurakat and Leandro Lobato who were suspected of being involved in firing into the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) soldiers in Tasi Tolu on 24 May 2006.
The trial should actually have been held on Monday (29/9) but Railos and Maurakat did not appear in the court. Therefore, the court decided to postpone it to 12 January next year.
The accused Maurakat could not appear in the court, because he was still having security deals with security in charge and whereas Railos was currently receiving an intensive medical treatment in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the court made a decision to release conditionally Leandro Lobato, urging him to report himself at police station.
The exchange shootings between the defense force soldiers and the Railos civilian hit squad left nine dead and three seriously wounded. The Railos Civilian hit squad was set up in 2006 by former Fretilin deputy president Rogerio Lobato who was also the country’s former interior minister.
Government approves national security law - Suara Timor Lorosae 1 October 2008
East Timor’s government had approved national security act, says a government press release on Monday (29/9). The national security act incorporates the internal security act, the national defense act and the civilian protection act.
It would also define levels of cooperation between defense and security forces regardless of their autonomous institutions and rules of engagement. The law will be submitted to the National Parliament.
Inquiries for two men who died after drinking traditional gin continues, says police - Suara Timor Lorosae 1 October 2008
Maubisse Sub-District Police Commander, Sub-Inspector Teotonio Magno said Sunday (28/9) that the investigation into the death of two men after drinking traditional gin during a religious celebration in Maubisse was still ongoing.
Magno said the families of the victims wanted the investigation to be done and that the police had questioned the group providing the traditional gin.
It is believed that the gin was mixed with poison in that after drinking the gin two young men died soon after that and three other men were hospitalized.
In relation to the case, Maubisse Sub-District Administrator Koto Moruk said he did not want to comment on the case since the two men had died. The religious celebration was held in Maubisse in April 2008.
Parliamentary table in charge has no right to suspend MP Caminha, says CNRT MP - Radio Timor Leste 2 October 2008
National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) Chief of Bench, Eduardo ‘Dusai’ Barreto, said the parliamentary table in charge had no right to suspend MP Cecilio Freitas Caminha without warning him first.
Dusai said based on information he had, MP Caminha was currently receiving medical treatment out of the country.
MP Fernanda Lay from the Committee I, said the Parliament’s internal rules gave opportunity to the MPs who were absent for five days to provide a notification letter for stating their reason. Lay said the recent comments made by Deputy Parliamentary President were not a threat, but it was a warning for the MPs to abide by.