26 February 2011

Organised illegal group extorting money from people

Suara Timor Lorosa'e, February 25, 2011 language source: Tetun - Administrator of Fatuberliu sub-district, Tobias Orai, confirmed that some organised groups are extorting money from the local residents in Manufahi.

He said that he is cooperating with the Manufahi District Police to collect ID cards from people who received them from the illegal group, adding that the General Commander of the Timorese National Police, Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro recently came to the area where the illegal groups conduct their activities and the police are investigating this case.

"I have cooperated with the PNTL in the district to collect ID cards that the victims got from the illegal group," Orai said.

Orai said that he has information saying that the illegal group who is extorting money from the people have been identified by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, General Commander of PNTL Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro and President Jose Ramos Horta.

Manufahi District Police Commander, Marcos Sequeira, said that the group who is extorting money from local residents is illegal, adding that they fool old people saying that "If you come to see us then we will give you this ID card. You will be able to replace F-FDTL and PNTL, as the 'Malae" ( Foreigners) will leave the country in 2012."

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