26 June 2012

East Timor Legal News 26 June 2012

A soldier murdered in Maliana Source: Radio Timor-Leste, June 26, 2012 language source: Tetun - Bobonaro District Police Commander Superintendent Joao Asis Belo has confirmed that a man was stabbed to death in Ritabou village in Maliana, Bobonaro district on Monday (25/6) early morning.

During a telephone interview Belo said they had identified the victim’s name as Sebastiao Borges Marques who was a soldier of the East Timor Defence Force.

“We found (there was) a person appearing at the police station to turn himself in to the police saying he had killed someone.”

“We locked him up in the cell; after that we went to the crime scene at which we found there was a dead body and he was a defence force officer,” Belo said.

Belo affirmed that the murder happened when the victim went to a kiosk to buy wine, but unfortunately the assailant, Carlito Carvalho stabbed the victim at his back side and the victim died immediately at the scene.

He added that the assailant was now in the police cell and was waiting fo rthe investigation and the deceased was in the Referal Hospital of Maliana for autopsy purposes.
Ximenes was killed by IS Source: Radio Timor-Leste, June 26, 2012 language source: Tetun - Viqueque District Police Commander Superintendent Chief Justinho Menezes affirmed that Aleixo Ximenes was believed to have been killed by someone with initial IS and six other people in Viqueque district.

Menezes during telephone interview said that the incident happened on Sunday in Nahareka Village in Osu Sub-district of Viqueque District.

He explained that the incident happened because of a taunt between the victim and the suspects during a drinking-wine feast, adding that they were relatives.

Menezes said that they already detained the 26-year old murder suspect with initials IS and he was now in the police detention center in Osu for investigation purposes.

“They drank wine in the victim’s home until night time and they became involved in verbal arguing. The victim slept in his house and at about midnight the suspects came to victim’s house and called him out and killed him approximately 40 meters away from victim’s house,” he said

He affirmed that the other six people who also engaged in murder had escaped and they all are the members of CPD-RDTL group, adding that the police were searching for them.

He added that the security situation in the scene after the incident was under control, because they already deployed the police officer in the area.
Two young people detained in Baucau District Police station Source: Radio e Televizaun de Timor-Leste, June 26, 2012 language source: Tetun - Chief of Criminal Investigatios in Baucau District, Rogerio dos Reis, said on 23 of June that the Fretilin party held their political campaigns Baucau, but an unknown group stoned at their convoy.

He said two people detained in Baucau District police station due to they was suspected to have been engaged in stoning at the convoy.

“PNTL has detained two young people for involving in a case,” he said.
Court tries 15 suspects engaged in burning family members Source: Suara Timor Loro Sae, June 26, 2012 language source: Tetun - The District Court on Monday (25/6) tried 15 suspects who were suspected of being engaged in burning and killing six women and a four-year old child on May 25, 2006.

The court only presented 14 suspects in the trial and another suspect had left Timor-Leste.

During the trial some of the suspects urged the court to seriously identify who is the main suspect of the case.

The murder happened when the violence and turmoil broke out in the Capital of Dili in 2006.
Court of Appeal yet to receive Lucia Lobato’s appeal Source: Diario Nacional June, 26 2012 language source: Tetun - The Court of Appeal officer Jose Camoes said today was the deadline for Minister for Justice, Lucia Lobato to submit her appeal to the Court of Appeal but they had not yet received her appeal.

“We have not yet received appeal from Lobato due she has not submitd her appeal to the court, in the process of appeal, the court gives 15 days to learn,” he said.

In response, the official from Dili District Court said the court had received an appeal from Lobato on June 22, adding that it had been submitted to the Public Prosecution to learn.
Lobato’s defender already submitted appeal Source: Independente, June 26, 2012 language source: Tetun - Defender of Lucia Lobato, Cancio Ximenes affirmed that they already submitted an appeal to the Dili District court and therefore they were waiting for further process.

“We already submitted (the appeal) last week, we just wait when the district court present (submit) it to the Appellate Court,” Ximenes said.

He affirmed that they made appeal because they were dissatisfied with something which was needed to be fixed and be considered.

Dili District court recently decided to imprison Lucia Lobato, because she was found guilty engaging in corruption and abuse of power.
Horta agrees to be investigated and waits for Gusmao’s action Source: Independente, June 26, 2012 language source: Tetun - Former President of the Republic, Jose Ramos Horta said that he agreed with the request of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to hold an investigation into his office and is waiting for PM Gusmao’s action.

Horta said that no matter to hold investigation into his former office, but the investigation should also be held into the office of the Prime Minister, tribunal and other Government’s institutions.

“Not only hold investigation into the office of the (former) president, but also investigate the office of the prime minister, tribunal and others, I agree with this investigation,” Horta said.

He added that it was important to hold investigation into all the state institutions as it was a way of guaranteeing transparency and accountability in the country.

Horta added that he was ready to be investigated because the United Nations Development Program had also held an investigation into the use of power at his former office (President Palace).
Baucau court to continue trial of Minister for State Administration and Territorial Management Source: Independente, June 26, 2012 language source: Tetun -  Baucau District is scheduled to continue trying Minister for State Administration and Territorial Management Arcangelo Leite today.

Defender of Leite, Cancio Xavier affirmed that their client was accused of engaging in maladministration in the process project tender.

Xavier said that based on their observation in the first trial process held last week that there was no strong evidence, prejudicing their client.

“The witnesses declared in the court that the project is in good quality. Should they be taken to court for trial,” he questioned.

Mr. Leite is facing legal process because he is suspected of being engaged in abuse of power and maladministration.

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