05 December 2010

Police officer accused of assaulting two youths during football game

Diaro Nacional, December 1, 2010 language source: Tetun - Two young men from the Dili suburb of Manleuana, Adao Barros and Jeferino Gusmao, allege that they were assaulted by a Task Force Police officer on 23/11 and were taken to the detention center for 72 hours.

Dili District Police Commander Superintendent Pedro Belo said he had no information about the alleged assault by his Task Force Police officer in Manleuana which had left two young people injured.

Spokesperson for the victims, Paulino da Costa, said the incident took place during a football match organised by Care International.

“The football game was part of commemorations for the November 28 Proclamation Day of Timorese Independence 1975-2010,” da Costa said.

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