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East Timor legal news continues on in the East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin. ETLJB covers the period from 2008 to the present. The archive and ETLB span almost a decade. It is by no means a comprehensive archive of legal news from East Timor but does cover many subjects and sources that have been of critical importance in the development of East Timor's legal culture since the catastrophic disintegration of the rule of law in 2006. Relates sources are East Timor Law Journal, East Timor Land Studies and United Nations Police in East Timor Security Reports for the period 2006-2008.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Timor-Leste Legal News April 2008 (Part 1)

UNMIT Daily Media Review 02 April 2008

TVTL News Coverage

Portugal will continue to cooperate with TL in security areas - Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres has said that Portugal is always ready to cooperate with Timor-Leste in security areas. "Portugal had always supported Timor-Leste through the provision of GNRs which have helped stabilize the country's security since the crisis of 2006, and they remain here to help train the PNTL officers as part of the security sector reform," said Gutteres after a meeting with the Portuguese State Secretary for Cooperation, Gomes Cravihno, on Tuesday (01/04). 

MPs demand explanation from the Prosecutor-General - A majority of MPs have demanded an explanation from the Prosecutor-General regarding the results of the current investigation into February 11. The MPs have called on him to present himself to the National Parliament with this explanation.   Meanwhile CNRT MP, Romeo Moises, has said that he supports the criminal investigation carried out by the Australian Federal Police, FBI and Prosecutor-General. However, Mr Moises said that an International Commission for Inquiry would be necessary if the investigation did not produce concrete results.

RTL News Coverage

Acting PR asks all Timorese Ambassadors to act professionally - Acting President Fernando de Araujo 'Lasama' has asked all Timorese Ambassadors to show their professionalism while working as Timorese representatives abroad in the same way that foreign Ambassadors show their professionalism in Timor-Leste. Lasama told the 16 Timorese Ambassadors that it is very important for all ambassadors to help improve Timor-Leste's image.

Print Coverage
It's a crime to hide Salsinha and his men - Acting President Fernando de Araujo said that it is a crime to hide Salsinha and his men. "From now on, whoever hides Salsinha and his men will be considered criminals. Therefore, the State asks citizens to collaborate and convince Salsinha and his men to surrender with their weapons," said the Acting President.

Salsinha and his men impede investments - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zacarias da Costa, has said that if Salsinha and his men do not surrender, it will impede foreign investments in Timor-Leste. "If the situation continues like this, nobody will come to invest in Timor-Leste. They [Salsinha et al] must contribute to the development of the nation by surrendering," said the Minister on Tuesday (1/04) at Palacio do Governu in Dili. (DN and STL)

Court begins trial for suspects in Fatu Ahi case - The Dili District Court has begun judicial proceedings against the suspects accused of being involved in the fighting led by the late Major Alfredo Reinado Alves against F-FDTL in Fatu-Ahi on 23.05.06.  (STL)

Angelita: I am innocent - Angelita Pires, accused of being involved in the attack against the President, has defended herself against the charge. "I am innocent. I also condemn the violent attacks on our two top leaders," said Ms. Pires. (TP)

Joint Operation dialogue with community - The Joint Operation Commander met with the Matadoru community to explain the objective of the Joint Operation. "The aim of this dialogue is to explain to people the reasons for the Joint Operation," said Pedro Belo, Dili District Police Commander. (TP)
Acting President La Sama Calls for Citizen Help to Convince Fugitives to Surrender

President of the Republic interim warning:

"As of today, April 1, 2008, hiding the presence of Gastão Salcinha and his armed group will be considered criminal conduct," said Interim President of the Republic, Fernando La Sama de Araujo.

"The country seeks the support of all to help convince Salcinha and his group to surrender and deliver weapons. This is our request," said the interim president.

"The policy defined by the state has the goal of progress in solving the problems of security of the country and restore peace and tranquility for all Timorese," said the head of state.

"So those who hide Gastão Salcinha and his group or supporting the resistance against the policy established in order to bring to court those responsible, under the law, the crimes of 11 Favereiro of 2008, will also commit a criminal action,"he said.

"Though we have taken a long time to Mr Salcinha and the elements of his group to surrender weapons and  to deliver themselves up to justice, some still showed no willingness to surrender. We ask the support and cooperation of all to help convince Gastão Salcinha and his group to surrender and deliver up their weapons".

The interim President  of the Republic, Fernando La Sama de Araujo visit at the fourth and fifth fairs the district of Bobonaro, and accompanied on his journey by several members of the government.

FRETILIN asks National Parliament to invite Prosecutor General to explain his Report on the Stage of Siege FRENTE REVOLUCIONÁRIA DO TIMOR-LESTE INDEPENDENTE FRETILIN Media Release 1 April 2008

FRETILIN MP and Vice President Arsenio Bano asked the National Parliament today to invite the Prosecutor General of the Republic, Longuinhos Monteiro, to explain the result of his investigation into the 11 February attempts on the President and de facto Prime Minister, as well as the implementation of the state of siege.

Bano’s move was in response to the Prosecutor General's report, which was tabled in parliament today. “The report that has been tabled in parliament is not clear or detailed, and reads more like a novel,” said Bano.

“It is important that we as the peoples’ representative in this National Parliament get a thorough and detailed explanation from the Prosecutor General of the Republic regarding the results of his office’s investigation of the February 11 attempts, as well as the impact of the state of siege on our community and our citizens’ rights.

“We need to know what action has been taken by the police and military forces and against how many people arrest warrants have been issued,” said Bano.

“The Prosecutor General should come to parliament personally to answer questions from the MPs,” Bano concluded.

For further information please call Nilva Guimaraes in Dili: +670 7340389
UNMIT Daily Media Review 1 April 2008

TVTL News Coverage

TMR asks Salsinha to surrender - Brigadier-General Taur Matan Ruak said that the Apprehension Operation has always asked for the surrender of Gestao Salsinha and his men. "This is a very important step to solve the problems affecting the nation. Our continued message to Salsinha and his men is to surrender," said TMR. In response to a question about a deadline being imposed by the Apprehension Operation, TMR said that the Apprehension Operation will continue until the rebels surrender. He also said that any questions about a deadline can only be answered by the Acting President.

RTL News Coverage

Xanana: TL fragile, not failed State - Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said that Timor-Leste is a fragile State, not a failed State and that the nation is very young and still developing. "Despite the current crisis facing Timor-Leste, efforts to develop the nation are continuing and the Government is working towards maintaining good governance, peaceful cooperation and progress in the nation" said the PM on Monday (31/3) at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Print Coverage

TMR: We ask again for Salsinha to surrender - The Joint Operation Commander General Brigadier Taur Matan Ruak is continuing to ask for the surrender of Gastao Salsinha and the other rebels. "We request Salsinha to surrender. We don't want anyone to die again," said TMR. (STL)

No justification for State of Siege and Emergency - The Bishop of Baucau, Don Basilio do Nascimento, has said that there is no adequate reason for implementing a State of Siege and Emergency for the fourth consecutive time. "We all are waiting for the State to explain," said the Bishop. (STL)

MP demands Govt to establish ICI - PSD MP Mario Carascalao has demanded that the Government immediately move to implement the resolution approved by the National Parliament to establish an International Commission for Inquiry into the events of February 11. (TP)

Compiled by Warren L. Wright BA LLB

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