17 November 2010

Police commander denies allegation of smuggling cars

Radio Timor-Leste, November 14, 2010 language source: Tetun - Acting Commander for Dili District Police Bernardino Lemos has denied allegation made by the civil society organisation Mahein Foundation saying his officers are suspected of being engaged in smuggling cars into the country.

Commander Lemos said he had not received any claims from the public about the allegation.

Lemos said the District Police station had not received any information on its officers’ engagement with some illegal organizes groups to smuggle cars.

Lemos stressed that the Mahein Foundation’s report findings are positive and is like an eyeopening for the police to pay attention to its officers. He added that there has been no one coming to report cases which related to the allegation made Mahein.
DNTT calls for evidence of falsifying documents Radio Timor-Leste, November 14, 2010 language source: Tetun - Director for National Transport (DNTT) Silvestre de Oliveira has called for the Mahein Foundation to present evidence which could show that his officers are really engaged in smuggling cars.

Oliveira made the comments in relation to the recent investigation findings of Mahein indicating the DNTT and the Timorese National Police (PNTL) officers were suspected of being engaged in smuggling cars. “Its findings should be presented, so that we can investigate it and take the case to the court for legal charge,” Oliveira.

Oliveira added that he the DNTT is ready to face inquiry and to respond to the case in the court, yet there should a good coordination.

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