15 September 2011

Customs department ready to provide evidence of bullets importation

East Timor Legal News 15/09/2011 Source: Independente, September 14, 2011 language source: Tetun - Director General of Customs Department Cancio Freitas, said they are ready to provide evidence to prove that the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) really did import two containers of bullets into the country.

“One container of bullets was brought to the Australian Force camp and another container was brought to the UNMIT,” Freitas said.

Freitas made the statements yesterday to respondto the recent statements made by the UN Special Representative Ameerah Haq who denied that UNMIT had imported bullets into the country.

He confirmed that one of the containers contains bullets for pistols, adding that he will meet with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to clarify it.

“They are bullets for pistols. I will meet PM Gusmao to give clear information,” Freitas said.

Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues Jose Luis Guterres confirmed that he had held a meeting with UNMIT leaders and they denied that UNMIT had imported bullets into the country.

“On behalf of the Government, I accept the statements of UNMIT and I hear the statements myself that they did not import bullets,” Guterres said.

Joaozito Viana from Luta Hamutuk has called on the Government and UNMIT to explain to the public about the polemic regarding bullet importation.

“We call on the Parliament and Government to identify the owner of those bullets and if they do not belong to UNMIT then they should secure them well otherwise they will affect to the security situation,” Viana said.

ETLJB Editor's Note: See also

President of the Republic is 100% certain that UNMIT did not import bullets  

Monsignor Nascimento: Are imported bullets to shoot the doves or cocks of Timor-Leste??

UNMIT denies importing bullets into Timor-Leste

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