24 February 2010
118 Arrests and 7 detentions in recent anti-crime surge in Timor-Leste
hundred and eighteen people have been captured and seven people were imprisoned in operations connected with “ninja” gang activities in the districts of Kovalima and Bobonaro.
“There were seven men there wearing ninja clothing and they have now been detained awaiting trial, however the other one-hundred and eighteen residents have simply been participating in police procedures,” he said,
during a press briefing in Kovalima.
Commissioner Monteiro also added that the number of those who voluntarily handed themselves in has now reached a total number of four hundred and fourty-eight people, including sixty-seven people from
Commissioner Monteiro also said that one of the seven people, “Karau Timor”, was captured in Ainaru on Thursday and was taken to the Suai court.
From the hearing allegations were made that “Karau Timor” had been involved in horrible crimes including the decapitation of a girl, as well as an alleged sexual assault against his own niece.
Commissioner Monteiro says that the police operations to stop criminal activities in the Bobonaro and Kovalima will continue until at least August 2010 “in order to restore peace and security within the troubled districts”.
But see also HAK Report on the Human Rights Situation in Covalima and Bobonaro 20 February 2010
Image added by ETLJB: Timorese Police Commission Longinhos Monteiro