15 August 2012

East Timor Legal News 14 August 2012

East Timor Police weapons practice
31 missing guns yet to be found Timor Post, August 14, 2012 - The National Police (PNTL) Deputy Commander Afonso de Jesus said the 31 guns belonged to PNTL went missing during the crises of 2006 had not yet been recovered.

The commander made the comments regarding the missing weapons belonging to the PNTL in 2006's crises.

Commander de Jesus affirmed that a joint team of PNTL and the Defence Force had recovered many of the missing weapons, but some of them had not yet been found.

"We can say that 27 pistols are still missing, three high-powered weapons of the AK 33 type are also still missing and another one just went missing," he said.

Parliament calls on Police Command to be responsible for missing gun Independente August 14, 2012 - The National Parliament (PN) has called on the Timorese National Police (PNTL) command to be responsible for the missing gun.

The Parliament considered that some of PNTL commanders have no responsibility for the police facilities and never abide by the rules of the police force.

MP Francisco Branco from Fretilin party said they were concerned about the missing gun and said such incidents should not happen in normalcircumstances .

"The incident shows the irresponsibility of the police commands and it has damaged the police force's image," he said.

Parliament considers Police Commissioner Longuinhos has no responsibility Suara Timor Lorosae, August 14, 2012- The National Parliament members have expressed the view that the Timorese National Police (PNTL) Commander Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro's recent declaration regarding the missing weapon is irresponsible.

The National Parliament member from the opposition party, Fransisco Branco, said he was concerned about the missing weapon, but PNTL's Commander Monteiro said it would not shake the nation.

"I am concerned about the weapon that went missing and  Commissioner Monteiro said that it would not shake the nation. That means that he has no responsibility," he said.

The National Parliament member from Coalition Government, Frenti-Mudansa party, Bemvinda Catarina is also concerned about Monteiro's comments.

Goverment weak in creating internal rules to better control weapons Radio Televizaun de Timor-Leste August 14, 2012 - The Fretilin bench considers that the Government is weak to create internal laws to better control the use of weapons in the country.

MP Francisco Branco said the police gun (FNC type) recently lost by a national police officer t was working for intelligence service.

Branco said the Government was weak to create internal rules for PNTL to better control the use of weapon in the country.

"The Government does not show its competence to create internal laws before using the guns whereas the government produce a law before the police use the guns," he said.

MP Carmelita Moniz from National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) party said it was not a threat to the country, but it was serious problem when someone used it to threaten other people.

"The missing gun was not a threat to the country but it was serious problem because it will have a negative impact on stability," he said.

An unnamed source said the weapon went missing in a prostitution site in the capital Dili.

ETLJB Editor's Note: See also following reports on the weapons problem:
Management and Mismanagement of Police Weapons
Timor-Leste Will Buy More Guns?
PNTL buys PINDAD weapons and PNTL Intelligence Commander loses his semiautomatic assault rifle
PNTL Loses Weapons: Commander Longuinos Monteiro In Charge
Journalist stabbing case being investigated Timor Post, August 14, 2012 - The National Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) Commander Calisto Gonzaga said the police were currently conducting an investigation into the case of the stabbing of a radio Rakambia's reporter.

The commander affirmed that the reporter was stabbed by an unknown group of people; therefore it had to be investigated.

"Initially, the case is being investigated and people should not think that the police are not doing anything about the case. It is important that the case needs to be filed for investigation purposes," he said.

State Secretary for Social CommunicationNelio Isac has strongly condemned such an act of crime and called for investigation into the case.

Da Cruz calls on police topursue suspect who stabbed him Radio Timor-Leste August 14, 2012 - Radio Rakambia reporter, Leonito da Cruz has called on the Timorese National Police to hunt down the suspected men who stabbed him for legal proceedings as such an attitude will impact the journalist's work in the country.

State Secretary for Social Communication, Nelio Isac said he was concerned about this act of crime due it would be a threat to the work of journalists in Timor-Leste.

"This is a criminal case; therefore we are calling on PNTL to hold investigation into the case to uncover the motive of the case," he said.

The victim Leoneto da Cruz called on PNTL to hunt down the author who stabbed him to process base on the law in the country.

World Association of Community Broadcasters Condemns Attack on Timor Leste Reporter
Breaking News - Radio Reporter stabbed in stomach 3 times

Parliament calls for 24 hours police patrols Diario Nacional, August 14, 2012 - The National Parliament has called on the police to hold their patrol for 24 hours following a number of incidents committed by criminals at night time in the Capital of Dili.

Deputy President of the Parliament Aderito Hugo da Costa said security within the country was still weak.

"I think several incidents have occurred because security in the country is still weak; therefore the police should conduct patrols," he said.

Parliamentary president tries to curb free speech Independente August 14, 2012 Members of the parliament and university academics have been warned about speaking to the press too freely and the media has been told not to criticise the government without good reason.

President of the National Parliament Vicente Guterres yesterday asked MPs to be careful about what they said to journalists and to only give them information that could be backed up with evidence.

He said there were occasions when some MPs gave information to the media that did not have any factual basis.

Mr. Guterres was also unhappy that some university professors gave information to the media without enough evidence to back up their statements.

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