ETLJB 26 April 2013 - According to an English translation of a media report published by Diario Nacional on 24 April 2013, there is a possibility that prisoner and former Minister for Justice, Lucia Lobato, will be freed next week based on a new extraordinary appeal lodged by her lawyer, Jose Pedro Camoes.
“There is information that our
client might be freed next week because of a new extraordinary appeal that
we submitted to Appellate Court a few days ago that was supported by new
evidences,” Camoes said.
A furore has erupted over the case over the last few weeks with the President of the Court of Appeal being reported by Diario on 19 April as saying that he would take
legal action against Fretilin National Parliament member, Aniceto Guterres,
who accused the judge of trying to free the defendant Lucia Lobato.
Guterres has made public a falsehood to the media and damaged my dignity
and the Appellate Court’s credibility. Therefore, I am calling on
Aniceto Guterres’ responsibility through legal action,” Claudio Ximenes
said in a Press conference at the Appellate Court of Dili recently.
He added that he had never made promises to Lucia Lobato about her freedom from jail and said he had no interest in this process.
Deputy Prime Minister Mario Viegas Carrascalao, was reported by Suara Timor Lorosae on 19 April as saying that there was something wrong
with the case of the former Minister for Justice, and urged the Appellate Court to investigate it
to journalists, Carrascalao said Timor-Leste had four sovereign state
bodies - the Government, the Presidency, Parliament and Court and each of
them work based on the constitution but if something is wrong in the
court, that should be investigated based on the law existing.
Timor Post also reported on 17 April that Lucia Lobato’s lawayer had reported his
client’s case to President of the Republic Taur Matan Ruak (TMR) because of his allegation that some
politicians were behind the court’s verdict.
“We came here
to inform [the President] about some failures that occurred in the process of justice in
the country. Therefore we asked the president to look at this issue
as it can impact on the credibility of the court,” Pedro Camoes said.
reported said that the President would contact judges in the court to improve
mistakes which had occurred in the court as it would impact judicial
system of the country.
He said some judges had worked
unprofessionally and were not impartial, “I have an obligation which
regards this case because it will kill the process justice in the
country,” he said. Sources: TLMDC, Diario Nacional, Timor Post, Suara Timor Lorosae. Edited by Warren
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