04 February 2014

Seven military police officers accused of assaulting a civilian

ETLJB 04/02/2014 - According to a report by Radio Timor-Leste on 31 January 2014, seven members of the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) Military Police Unit (MP) have been accused of having assaulted a young man in the Dili suburb of Bidau.

The alleged victim’s mother has called on the police to launch an investigation into the case and says she has reported the case to F-FDTL Command.

She has also reported the case to the National Parliament and the Human Rights Justice Ombudsman (PDHJ) to seek justice.

The commander of the military police, Abel “Niki” Xavier has denied the allegation, saying he has not received any report on his members’ involvement in this case. Edited by Warren L. Wright

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