30 October 2010

Guterres and Da Costa’s case illegal: Horta

Timor Post, October 11, 2010 language source: Tetun - President Jose Ramos Horta said the ongoing case against the Deputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Zacarias da Costa was illegal and baseless. 

President Horta affirmed that everything will be going through legal process and will be decided by the court whether it is true or not.

“I do not want o interfere this is case, because it is currently being filed in court,” Horta said. Horta also said he supported Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao’s decision of asking for the removal of political impunity for Mr. Guterres and Da Costa in relation to the case.
President Horta: Test for democracy and law Diario Nacional, October 11, 2010 language source: Tetun - President Jose Ramos Horta said Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues Jose Luis Guterres and the Foreign Affairs Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa’s case was a kind of test for democracy and law enforcement in the country.

President Horta affirmed that he is ready to cooperate with the legal process to testify in relation to the case.”

This case has been filed in the court and therefore I will not interfere with the court’s decision,” President Horta said.

President Horta added he do not believe that Guterres has engaged in corruption, adding that it is baseless to accuse Minister da Costa of engaging in abuse of power by transferring money to the account of Guterres’ wife in the New York, as the process of transferring the money was signed by another person.

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