12 October 2010

JSMP presents submission to regulate pardons issue

Televizaun Timor-Leste, October 11, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) has presented its submission to the Ministry of Justice for regulating pardons, as so far the pardons granted by the president to prisoners is baseless.

Director for JSMP Luis de Oliveira said they conveyed their ideas to the Justice Ministry, following President Jose Ramos Horta’s pardons to the prisoners was not based on a decree law.

Oliveira added that the President has absolute power to grante pardons to prisoners, but it is important for him to do so based on the constitution or a decree law. “We are here to present the results of our seminar as it is a kind of idea for the Justice Ministry to regulate the pardons issue in the country,” Oliveira said.

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