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17 November 2012

Government needs to allocate adequate budget for witness protection law

ETLJB 17 November 2012 - The Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) held a one-day seminar on the new witness protection law on November 15. The Director for JSMP said it was hard for witnesses to come to the Court because they feared intimidation, threats, and pressure.

Minister for Justice, Dionisio Babo-Soares acknowledged that the implementation of the witness protection law effectively needed proper facilities such as transport, teleconferences, and others.

JSMP called on the Government to allocate State Budget adequately to implement the witness protection law to assist the witnesses.

Source Timor Post 16 November 2012

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