05 March 2011

F-FDTL Commander to investigate suicide of soldier

Televizaun Timor-Leste, March 3, 2011 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Lere Anan Timur said the F-FDTL will hold an investigation into the suicide committed by one of its soldiers.

General Lere made the statements after meeting with President Jose Ramos-Horta to inform him of the suicide of Sergeant Armando Gomes Pereira on Tuesday, March 1st.

General Lere confirmed that the soldier committed suicide by shooting himself, and this could happen within any military force, but it is important to hold an investigation into the case to uncover what the motive was.

"We have regular meetings every Wednesday with the President of the Republic to inform him about the security situation in the country.

Suicide is normal and always happens within the defence force and it also happens in many other places. But it is unclear to me why he committed suicide, and therefore I will investigate this case," General Lere said. The dead body is now in the Mortuary of the National Hospital of Guido Valadares for an autopsy.

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