07 November 2013

President calls for reform of East Timor's judicial system

ETLJB 07 November 2013 - The President of the Republic, Taur Matan Ruak, has called on the Ministry of Justice to reform the judicial system that was established by the United Nations during the transitional administration of the country by the UN from 1999 - 2002.

According to a report in Independente, the President said that the present judicial system had not responded to the present conditions in the country.

The comments by the President were relayed by the Minister for Justice, Dionisio Babo-Soares following a meeting between the President and the Minister last Thursday (30/11) at the Presidential palace.

Reforms to the judicial system that were referred to by the Minister included the courts and the public prosecution which are still based on UNTAET regulations from the turn of the century. Source: Independente 4 November 2013 Edited by Warren L. Wright

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