30 October 2010

Military Police Commander denies allegation of brutal assault by his officer

Televizaun Timor-Leste, October 28, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Military Police (MP) Commander, Abel “Niki” da Costa Xavier, has denied allegation made by the residents in Beto saying one of his officers is suspected of being engaged in maltreating some young people in the area.

“I totally deny rumor-mongering that my officer committed the assault. I have information that my officer just returned from visiting his friends and he was drunk. After returning home he was sleeping when the incident happened. Two other people who are friends of my officer committed the assaul. My officer did nothing. We will process this case based on the military law if there is an indication that he has really engaged in the assault,” Niki said.

Niki added that his officers have many times become victim of similar incidents and therefore he calls for the people to present evidences if his officers engage in act of crime.

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