25 August 2012

Government officials will not publicly declare their assets

East Timor Legal News  25/08/2012 The Deputy Prime Minister Fernando Lasama de Araujo has said that government officials would declare their assets to the Court of Appeal but they would not declare it to the public as what the president of the republic did.

Lasama said the wealth of the Government officials that would be filed in the Court of Appeal would not be published.

“I think it is about privacy of each people due to the constitution also guarantees the people’s privacy,” he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister's comments follow the publication of President Taur Matan Ruak's assets, along with those of his wife and children last week and his call on all high public officials to do the same.

The law requires members of the government to file their assets declaration in the Court of Appeal but there is no provision for those declarations to be made public.

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