Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 07 - 09 October 2006

[Poster's note: International and other articles already sent out to the east-timor list (info@etan.org) have been removed from below.]

UNMIT

United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review

Saturday 07 Oct, Monday 09 October 2006

These Items Do Not Reflect the Position or Views of the United Nations. UNMIT Public Information Office

National Media Reports

Alleged Plot Against Alfredo, Salsinha, Tara and Railos

Major Tara told the media during a press conference on Friday that he received information that on October 1, the President of the National Parliament who is also Fretilin’s President, former Prime Minister and another person from the west met to organize a plot against him, Railos, Salsinha and Major Alfredo. Tara said the meeting between the Fretilin leaders also discussed the hiding of weapons in Saré, Ermera District with the aim to kill the above-mentioned people. He said he wanted to share this information with the public to let them know that the leaders are the ones instigating the problems in Dili. He said he is also sharing the information for their security and safety purposes. The coordinator of FNJP questions whether the recent burning of a small business in Ermera by an unknown group could have been organized by some of the leaders, due to its support to the petitioners. In the meantime the President of the Parliament, Francisco Guterres refused to comment on the above except to say to wait for the Commission of Inquiry report.

Following his meeting with the petitioners’ group, Prime Minister Ramos-Horta said based on the information he received from the petitioners on the scattered weapons still in the hands of civilians, the Australian troops are now in Ermera not only to provide protection to the population but to the petitioners as well. The Prime Minister said the Australian forces are continuing to try and locate the illegal guns, but said it has been difficult due to the geographic distance and the bush density of the country. A member of the petitioners who refused to give the name said the government must work with the international forces to disarm those in possession of illegal guns because gunshots are still being heard. He said some groups are still ignoring the pledge of the government for disarmament. (STL)

COI Report

The Bishop of Dili Diocese, Dom Ricardo da Silva appealed to the Timorese to await the report of the Commission of Inquiry with calm and tranquillity as it is the positive step for the people to find the truth and justice. Dom Ricardo said once the report is released, the people should not continue with the violence because what everybody wants is truth and justice. He said this is the only way for Timor-Leste to move forward.

The Secretary General of FNJP Vital dos Santos said the four sovereign state institutions should not depend on the Commission of Inquiry report to kill the process of justice.

Benevides Correira Barros, President of Timor-Leste Lawyers Association (AATL) argues that the result of the report of the Commission should not be submitted to the National Parliament for approval as it comes from an independent body.

Fretilin will welcome the result and recommendations of the Commission, and is prepared to follow up with the recommendations for the sake of the people, said Francisco Lu’Olo Guterres, President of Fretilin and the National Parliament.

Director of LABEH, a national NGO said the civil society has welcomed the appeal of the President of the Republic, President of the Parliament and Prime Minister and will continue to provide information to the public to receive the report of the Commission.

MP Manuel Tilman (KOTA) said the people must receive the report of the COI and if not, it is the duty of the President of the Parliament, as representative of the people, to explain the document, adding, the three must welcome the report. (STL, TP, DN)

Fretilin Prepares For Elections

Fretilin convened its first regional meeting in Lospalos in preparation for the 2007 general elections. The documentary film of SBS about the crisis in Timor-Leste was shown following each meeting session. According to José Reis, Fretilin’s Deputy Secretary General, the meetings will continue in other parts of the country like in central, north (Dili, Liquiça, Ermera and Bobonaro) south (Aileu, Ainaro, Manufahi, and Covalima) and Oecussi enclave in two weeks time. (STL, TP, DN)

TL Will Not Forget Kofi Annan Contribution

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Luís Guterres said the people of Timor-Leste will not forget the great contribution of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan gave for the independence and freedom of the country, Timor Post reported, citing the information accessed from the 61st session of the UN General Assembly. According to this daily, the Foreign Minister delivered a few words in Tetum, thanking the head of the UN and other leaders for their support during the crisis period, ending his speech with “I pray to God to continue to protect you, your government and your people”. (TP)

Judges Should Be Jailed If Rogério Is Not Tried: Tilman

The courts of Timor-Leste must be brave to bring to trial Fretilin’s Vice-President and former Minister of Interior, Rogério Lobato, or detain the judges, said MP Manuel Tilman (KOTA). Tilman said the jail of Becora should not be for only a few people but should be for everybody, including the judges. He said the judges should not dissolve the cases based on threats, but he believes the Timorese judges are brave to carry the process forward. He said international judges representing the Timorese, in the case of Rogerio, must obey Timor-Leste penal code. (TP)

RTTL Headlines

9 October 2006

One youth was shot with an arrow-slingshot by an unknown group in Hera on Friday, 7 October

Speaking to the journalists, the director of the Dili National Hospital, Antonio Caleres Junior reportedly confirmed that a young man from Hera was brought to the hospital after he was shot with an arrow-slingshot. Mr. Junior explained that the victim was shot on his way to collect water in one of the areas in Hera. He added that the man could be discharged from hospital in three days time.

More than 190 pistols are not handed over to the International Forces yet: Mr. Barris.

Speaking to the journalists after attending the meeting with all district PNTL commanders, the Minister of Interior, Alcino Barris reportedly confirmed that out of more than 270 pistols that were lost during the crisis, about 190 of them have not been handed over yet. However, there is still a chance for the users to hand them in within a special phase that is determined by the PNTL. After this determined-phase is over, any submission of pistols will be classified as a criminal act and will be investigated, stressed Mr. Barris.

We are very pessimistic with the Timor-Leste Court to prosecute any of the actors of the East Timor crisis following the announcement of the result of the investigation from the UN Special Independent Commission of Inquiry for East Timor: Barros

After attending the meeting hosted by the FNJP, Benevides Correia Barros said that ‘I do not believe that the Timor-Leste court will put the perpetrators of the crisis in jail as almost all judiciary actors are from CPLC nations. He gave an example of the case of former PM, Mari Alkatiri. It is very hard to prosecute Mari as most of the judges and prosecutors are from Portugal and CPLC countries. This cannot happen because according to Mr. Barros, they, the judges and prosecutors, were recommended and guaranteed by the first constitutional government to work in East Timor although they were paid by the UN. In short, it is impossible that the East Timor court can prosecute the actors of the East Timor crisis. Lastly as an alternative, he proposed to hand over the judicial power to the national people, including judges and prosecutors.

On the same occasion, Vital dos Santos, coordinator of the PNJP stated that an establishment of an International Adhoc Tribunal will be the best alternative to implement the justice system well in East Timor, including prosecuting the actors of the crisis. He argued that this International Adhoc Tribunal will not serve any political interest and stay away from any cultural interest of any CPLC countries.

As a suggestion for the public, Maj. Tara, Victor do Santos and a representative of youth from Surik-Mas called for all East Timorese to be ready and open-hearted, and open-minded to receive and perceive the report of the UN Special Independent Commission of Inquiry for East Timor that will be announced this month.

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]

These Items Do Not Reflect the Position or Views of the United Nations. UNMIT Public Information Office


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