14 December 2012

Former Justice Minister Lucia Lobato to go to jail for 5 years

Lucia Lobato, former East Timor justice minister
Lucia Lobato
ETLJB 14 December 2012 - In a landmark decision that will strike a blow against rampant corruption, the East Timor Court of Appeal has dismissed former Justice Minister Lucia Lobato's appeal against her conviction for corruption and abuse of power while in office.

According to an English translation of a report in the leading daily newspaper, Suara Timor Lorosae, yesterday (13/12/2012) not only did the Court of Appeal uphold the decision of the Dili District Court regarding the conviction, it also increased the original sentence from 3 and a half years to five years (although earlier reports had stated that the original sentence was 5 years).

The Dili District Court found the former Justice Minister guilty of corruption in the administration of a government project tender that cost the state $97,350.

Ms Lobato was a member of the Social Democratic Party in the IV Constitutional Government (the Parliamentary Majority Alliance) headed by resistance leader and Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao.

The Social Democratic Party was wiped off the political scene in East Timor in the 2012 legislative election.

When the press released the allegations of corruption, she attempted to suppress the media when she filed court proceedings against the newspaper alleging that she had been defamed

Ms Lobato is a qualified lawyer. Her full name is Lucia Maria Brandao Freitas Lobato and she was born on 7 November 1965 in Likisa.

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Author: Warren L. Wright BA LLB. References: Suara Timor Lorosae 13 December 2012

1 comment:

Dr Vacy Vlazna said...

It is reprehensible that leaders betray the trust of office and the trust of their impoverished people by corruption.
Finally there is some justice in Timor