31 March 2012

Notification letter complicated, Minister Lobato continues as Justice Minister

East Timor Legal News 31/03/2012 Source: Independente, March 30, 2012 language source: Tetun - MP Virgina Ana Belo from the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) said that the National Parliament had removed the political immunity of the Justice Minister Lucia Lobato but the reality showed that the minister was still carrying out her work as usual.

MP Belo said that the National Parliament removed the political immunity of Minister Lobato based on the official letter from court asking for the Parliament to do so in order to allow Minister Lobato to appear in court to testify.

She added the political immunity removal was also based on the RDTL’s constitution, and the National Parliament sent an official letter to the court that they already removed it.

“The Court should already execute the letter from the National Parliament that the Parliament asks Minister Lobato to quit her post,” MP Belo said.

The Timorese Human Rights Association (HAK) Director Rogerio Viegas Vicente said that it was important for the state leaders to have a good collaboration on how to speed up the trial process of a case.

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