Subject: Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 5, 2004

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Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring August 5, 2004

Timor Post

It's political not a criminal case, says Matak

The coordinator of CPD-RDTL, Antonio Aitahan Matak, said that the National Parliament should be in charge to solve the case of the 24 members of CPD-RDTL, who were arrested in Uai-bobo and not the court because it is a political and not a criminal case. Mr Matak said that the 24 people were arrested in Uai-bobo, sub-district of Ossu, Viqueque District after they presented two symbols to the National Parliament and urged to be approved. Meanwhile the 24 members of the CPD-RDTL have been released on bail following the decision taken by Baucau District investigative judges, Agelina Saldanha.

Peoples' suffering used for politics, says PM

During an Open Governance in the District of Ermera, the Prime Minister, Dr Mari Alkatiri, said that some politicians are taken advantage of peoples suffering for their political interest, without caring about peoples' needs. The Prime Minister said that many have used the TV and Radio to criticise the Government and have now turned their strategy to the base and are trying to campaign against the government.


Former Timor-Leste governor thanks President Gusmão

The former Timor-Leste Governor, Abílio José Osório Soares, has extended his gratitude to the President, Xanana Gusmão, as well as members of the National Parliament who have expressed their sympathy over his imprisonment. According to the newspaper, a note of gratitude was delivered to its office a few days ago for publication. "As fellow Timorese, whenever and wherever we are, the issue of truth and justice should be upheld as a foundation for the future", said Soares in the note. Mr Soares also conveyed his gratitude to the East Timorese community who had expressed their sympathy to him.

Government have not considered the Veterans yet

Today's edition of the newspaper reports that the Coordinator General of the Ex-Combatants and Veterans of Falintil, Duarte Viana, said that the Government has not given any consideration to the veterans and ex-combatants. He said that some members of the Government do not respect the bravery of Falintil. Mr Viana said that he's not happy with the action taken taken by the Government against Cornelio Gama (L7), and veterans that took part in the demonstration July 20.

Corruption within Government Institutions

Today's edition of the newspaper reports that corruption in Timor-Leste is not an issue that one can hide anymore, but it has become a custom amongst people and needs to be eradicated. According to the newspaper this is part of the report from the Office of the Inspector General to the Prime Minister. The Director of an NGO LABEH (Mirror for the People) Dr Christopher Henry Samson, said during a press conference that corruption is a criminal act and people need to act according to the Constitution by taking those who are practicing corruption to court. Dr Samson said that corruption can weaken the economy and slow the development of the country. Dr Samson said that a mechanism needs to be put in place like other nations to prevent corruption from spreading. (The newspaper headline says 51 cases of corruption reported to the Government. But the paper does not mention what type of corruption. The report also says that three cases were handed over to the Prosecutor General to follow up).

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office

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