25 August 2012

Two suspects in soldier's murder

East Timor Legal News 24/08/2012 ETLJB East Timor's Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) Commander, Superintendent Calistro Gonzaga, has said that the police suspect two people involved in the killing of defence force member, Cristovao da Silva, two weeks ago in the capital Dili.

It was initially believed that the soldier had been stoned to death but an autopsy showed that he had been struck on the head with a hammer and an iron bar after he had attended a family wedding party in the Dili suburb of Quintal Boot.

Commander Gonzaga stated that the family wanted the police to arrest two suspects but the police were waiting for a decision from the Public Prosecutor's office.

Meanswhile, the Timorese National Defense Force (F-FDTL) Commander Major Genral Lere Anan Timur has called on the Government to look after the late Cristovao da Silva’s family.

Lere made the comments said after meeting with the President of the Republic Taur Matan Ruak (TMR) at the palace of the president.

Lere said the competent institution should be responsible for the case and look after the widow and the orphans as the deceased soldier had served the country and F-FDTL.

Related stories
Autopsy shows soldier killed with hammer and iron bar by relatives not stones
Investigation in stoning death of soldier begins
Soldier stoned to death in Timor-Leste
Soldier's body found on Dili beach 

Update 17/10/2013 Man accused of murder of Cristavao found dead in prison cell 

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