12 March 2010

PNTL ready to be criticised

Diario Nacional, March 11, 2010 language source: Tetun - Timorese Operational Police Commander Inspector Mateus Fernandes has said that the Timorese National Police (PNTL) stands ready to be criticised.

Mr. Fernandes made the comment in relation to the recent allegations made by residenst in the Parliament that police officers had engaged in human rights violations during the recent operation to hunt ninja gangs in Bobonaro and Kovalima Districts.

Mr. Fernandes explained that the police presence in the two districts was to ensure the security of the local residents in the area and not because of political reasons.

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