11 May 2013

Convicted former Justice Minister Lobato evacuated from prison to National Hospital

ETLJB 11 May 2013 - Diario Nacional reported on 7 May that the former Minister for Justice Lucia Lobato, who has been convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to 5 years jail, has been evacuated urgently to the Guido Valadares National Hospital of  on the grounds that she is suffering from high-blood pressure.

Lobato's Lawyer, Jose Camoes, is reported to have said he did not know what his client was suffering from; therefore his client has been evacuated to HNGV for medical treatment.

"We evacuated her to HNGV to identify her illness during her imprisonment so that she can be diagnosed. The medical staff at the hospital will provide a report and are expected to recommend that she receive medical treatment abroad," he said.

Lucia's uncle, Rogerio Lobato, who was convicted of crimes arising out of the illegal distribution of state weapons to civilians during the 2006 crisis, was also granted leave to go overseas for medical treatment. He was eventually pardoned.

Some in East Timor are more equal before the law than others.

 Source: Diario Nacional 07/05/2013. Edited by Warren L. Wright

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