Subject: UNOTIL Daily Media Review 03 July 2006
Compiled by the Public Information Office from national and international sources
Daily Media Review Monday, 03 July 2006
National Media Reports
Longuinhos Request Parliament To Strip Off Immunity Rights
Prosecutor General, Longuinhos Monteiro, will write to the National Parliament to request that MP Mari Alkatiri be stripped off the immunity rights to follow the justice process in relation to allegations of guns distribution to civilians, reported Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) on Monday. Speaking during a press conference held on Friday at his office, Monteiro said he is aware of the former Prime Minister’s intention to return to the Parliament as an MP adding “we cannot make a decision without seeking the opinion of the National Parliament but we will send a letter to the NP and wait to see whether he automatically gets immunity and if so we the Parliament would have to make a decision to remove him of the immunity”. He added that the Public Ministry called Alkatiri for questioning or a revision audience due to implications by Rogério Lobato who said Alkatiri was aware of the groups that received guns illegally. The Prosecutor-General says that although Parliament is not functioning at the moment, it is their legal duty to inform the Parliament. In the meantime, the President of the National Parliament, Francisco Gutierrez, reportedly said they would look into the case the Prosecutor-General has already started. (STL)
Fretilin President Calls For Peace And Stability
Fretilin President, Francisco Lu’Olo’ Guterres appeals to the population and members of his party to contribute to peace and stability of the nation. In his message through a press conference on Friday, Guterres said the Timorese people are suffering and living in fear and many have fled their homes and living a distance from their loved ones without knowing their future, therefore he appeals for everybody to contribute for peace and stability in Timor-Leste. “As a president of Fretilin, I appealed to all Fretilin militants to reach out to each other and work together to solve the crisis that occurred in our country” said Lu Olo. He also appealed to the civilians who are carrying weapons to hand them over to the international troops and other competent authorities. (STL)
False Detention Photograph
Fretilin’s leaders have said that the photo showing an Australian Force detaining former Prime Minister Alkatiri in Dili is false. According to STL, Fretilin leaders have said the photo was a montage done by a small group and distributed in Dili saying the international forces have detained Mari Alkatiri. The pamphlet was directly handed to Fretilin leaders by the Australian forces. “This false photograph is the intention of a group or individual to damage the dignity of Mari Alkatiri and Fretilin, to create instability in our country and to create confusion and deceit among the population an is trying to damage the political dialogue process which the Fretilin is holding to improve the current situation crisis,” said Alkatiri during a press conference Saturday (1/7), adding Fretilin demands responsibility of the group or individuals who are distributing these false photos and try to deceive the Timorese people.
Xanana ready to go to prison again
President Xanana Gusmão told FRETILIN supporters at Friday’s rally that he was ready to go to prison if he was involved in arming civilians. “We are waiting for the International Investigation Team to do the investigation and if Xanana Gusmão is involved, then I am ready to go to prison again” said Gusmão. He further explained that the current crisis started because of discrimination issues within F-FDTL and the government had no political good will to solve their problem.
MP from Fretilin Party Antonio Cardoso told the crowd that Fretilin rejected the dissolution of the National Parliament. “If the president dissolves the parliament, it is against RDTL constitution and Fretilin still has a mandate until 2007”.
The deputy secretary-general of Fretilin, Jose Maria Reis, handed a petition addressed to president Xanana Gusmão and demanded that he not dissolve the parliament.
President of Fretilin party, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo, appealed in his address to the nation and the Fretilin militants to “restore peace and stability in the country again” because the nation is facing a difficult situation which has caused fear among the people. “As a president of Fretilin, I appeal to all Fretilin militants to reach out to each other and work together to solve the crisis that has occurred in our country” said Lu Olo. He also appealed to the civilians who are carrying weapons to hand them over to the international troops and other competent authorities. (STL)
National News Sources Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional Seminario Lia Foun (LF) Televisaun Timor-Leste [TVTL]
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