23 January 2011

Unknown group kills an ex-FDTL soldier with an iron bar

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Suara Timor Lorosa'e, January 19, 2011 language source: Tetun - An unknown group belived to be comprised of four young people have killed a former soldier, Agostinho Barreto Viegas, with an iron bar in front of the Timorese Academic Police Academy and the Malaysian Federal Police camp.

Vicente Moniz, a member of the victim's family regretted the incident that took place in front of  the police academy and UN-Malaysian Federal Police camp, in Komoro, as there was action from the UN Police to respond to the situation.

"I am concerned about the police - why they did not take a necessary action to respond or prevent the fight, because he [Barreto] could not be killed if the police had respond to sooner," Moniz said.

A youth leader from Moris Foun Sub-village, Miguel Magalhaes, has called on the Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro, to call on the United Nations Police to better control the security situation in the capital of Dili as it is responsibility of the UN Police to do so.
Agostinho Barreto killed by unknown people Televizaun Timor-Leste, January 19, 2011 language source: Tetun - An ex-soldier of the Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL), Agostinho Barreto, was killed by an unknown group of young men in a fight in front of the UNMalaysian Police camp, in Komoro, a suburb of the Capital of Dili on Monday night.

 Barreto was killed on Monday in an affray between him and an unknown group of young gang members in Komoro near the country's police academy.

Avelino Carvalho, a member of the family of the victim was deeply saddened by the fatal incident and had questioned the Malaysian Police's presence, as they had not responded to the situation.

"They fought in front of the Malaysian Police camp but they did not respond to  the case and that makes me regretful as they are here for what, they are here to ensure security or for what purpose they are here?

Old men who sell goods at the road side asked the Malaysian police a help but they did not want to respond to it," Carvalho said.

The Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro, said the Investigation police had identified four people who were suspected of being engaged in the incident.

"There are four people suspected of being engaged in the conflict and their age is around 28 years old. The incident has no relationship to any institution even though the victim was an ex-member of the Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL).

The General Commando of PNTL is yet to receive the final result but the case is being investigated by the investigation police," Commissioner Police Monteiro said.

The United Nations Police Commander, Commissioner Police Luis Carilho, said he was yet to receive information about the Malaysian Police's failure to respond to the fight.

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