10 November 2012

Timor Leste Legal News 9 November 2012

There is good coordination between police and military -  The Deputy Commander of the Timorese National Police (PNTL) Commissioner Afonso de Jesus was reported by Radio Televizaun de Timor-Leste yesterday as saying that the police and the military have good coordination mechanisms to ensure security in the country.

De Jesus was responding to concerns expressed by Members of the National Parliament about the issue of security. “Normally we have good coordination but they sometimes look at the political aspects. In the area of technical operations, we do have good coordination,” he said.

See also Joint Command for PNTL & F-FDTL Undermines Rule of Law & Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste
International court will eventually be established - Diario Nacional reported comments by Member of Parliament Carmelita Moniz from the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) that although the UNMIT mandate will end, the pursuit of justice for criminal violations that occurred in East Timor between 1975 and 1999 will not be dropped. 

MP Moniz said that some day Timor-Leste will process the authors who masterminded the human rights violations in the country when international court has been established in the country.

She added all entities should continue to undertake efforts towards the establishment of an international court in the country because it is a complex process that takes a long time.
ConocoPhillips case, Court fines State US$50 for incorrect process - Suara Timor Lorosae reported yesterday that the Dili District Court had fined the state US$50 because three international lawyers that the government contracted to defend the State’s interest in the ConocoPhillips tax case had not complied with procedural requirement in the Court.

Secretary General of the Timorese Lawyers Association (AATL), Manuel Tilman, explained “the international lawyers had submitted the wrong requirements to the Court because they did not know the justice process in Timor-Leste, therefore, the Court fined Timor-Leste US$50,” he said.

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