27 March 2012

Court jails public servant for seven and half years

Radio e Televizaun de Timor-Leste, March 23, 2012 language source: Tetun - The Dili District Court recently decided to sentence Floriana de Jesus for seven and half years in jail, because she was found guilty of the theft of US $131,646 thousand from the petty cash of the State Secretariat of Defense (SED) office.

The trial process was presided over by Judge Jacinta da Costa Correia who was accompanied by Judge Rosa Bandao and Ana Paula Fonseca and also Prosecutor Felismino Cardoso.

De Jesus was working at the office of SED and in her position as Finance Assistant knew the pin code of the petty cash safe in the SED office.

Public Defender Jose da Silva affirmed that he agreed with the verdict of the court but he would make an appeal to the Court of Appeals shortly.

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