24 February 2009

East Timor Legal News 24 February 2009

Monteiro optimistic about commanding the East Timor police force Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 24 February 2009 - The new appointed police commander, Longinhos Monteiro, said he was optimistic about leading the Timorese National Police (PNTL) to be more professional in future.

I have a lot plans and hoping that I would implement them all, as PNTL
has proper hierarchy system and this is not a major challenge for me,
Monteiro said.

Monteiro also said in leading an institution to achieve its goals was depending on loyalty to the institution and the country.He added that the opposition parties’sconcerns about his appointment would not be a challenge to him to take up the post.

I was removed by political sphere in justice sector: Judge Ivo Rosa Suara Timor Lorosae 24 February 2009 - Portuguese Judge, Ivo Rosa, said legal system in Timor-Leste was not independent, because there was strong political sphere found in judiciary of the country.

Rosa said the Timorese political leaders removed him through the Superior Council for the Judiciary and said this was a political sphere. Ivo Rosa was the judge of the Court of Appeal who was removed by Timor-Leste's Superior Council for the Judiciary recentlys.

Suspects deny allegation of attempted sexual assault Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 24 February 2009 - The two suspects of the recent sexual assault attempt of two under-age girls in Holarua of Manufahi have denied the allegation saying it was untrue.

The suspects said the allegation made by the victims was untrue and said they had never attempted to have sexual intercourse to these two girls, but they only beat them up, because [the victims] broke the suspects home-made seats.

Police Commander of Manufahi, Miguel Faria said the two suspects were now under the house arrest for the initial hearing in the court.

The incident happened on Monday (16/2) early morning when the two victims were on their way homes from a traditional-corn harvest ceremony in Holarua village of Manufahi.

Call for New Zealand military force and police to stay in Timor Radio Televisaun Timor Leste 24 February 2009 - President Jose Ramos Horta has called for the New Zealand Government to continue deploying its soldiers and police in Timor-Leste, as the country’s situation is still volatile. The President also called on the NZ police to professionalise the Timorese police officers.

UN is committed to supporting the Government Diario Nacional 24 February 2009 - Representative of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Akbar Many said the UN was committed to supporting the Timorese Government, especially to help support judicial system of the district courts.

Many congratulated the Timorese prosecutors on their successful works and said the UN would still continue supporting other sectors which important in the field of justice administration.

During a speech marking inauguration for the Public Prosecution Office in Baucau, Many said the UN particularly the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was proud of making efforts to contribute to the country?s development.

Stability will increase if the judicial sector is developed and keep looking forward to seeking for solution to reduce criminal action in the country,? Many said.
Image: East Timor's new police commander, Longinhos Monteiro.

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