Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 10 October 2006

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United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

Public Information Unit

Daily Media Review

Tuesday, 10 October 2006

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

National Media Reports

Youth Killed in Colmera

An 18-year old youth died of stab wounds from an unknown group in Colmera, Dili yesterday. According to media reports, the youth went to one of the supermarkets to buy paper foil and was attacked as he was leaving the supermarket on his bicycle. It is also reported that the group had already threatened to stab or cut one of his ears off before he went into the supermarket. According to family members, Santino had not done any harm to anyone and was simply doing his work, as requested by the owner of the restaurant in which he worked. UN Police arrived at the scene but no arrests were made as the attackers had already fled the scene. (STL, TP)

Railos is Frightening People

A communiqué issued by Fretilin Central Committee and reported by the media said Vicente Railos is scaring the people in Timor-Leste because soon the COI will release the investigation report. The document further said that Railos has verbally abused and beaten the wife of the Administrator of Maubara, Liquiça sub-district accusing her of denying knowing about the distribution of guns by the local authorities to kill the petitioners and him. According to the Administrator’s report, Railos has threatened to kill both, Liquiça and Maubara Administrators, abuse his wife and burn their homes if former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri is not jailed following the release of the COI report. Railos has also stated he is not worried if they want to present their complaints to ‘their ministers’ as he has the support of ‘number one’ and is in control of Liquiça police, said the communiqué. According to the report of Maubara Administrator, Felix da Costa, on the evening of September 29, Railos and his group including some members of PNTL forced their way into his house with a pistol during his absence and made accusations against his wife. Railos has rejected the accusations as false and said some people were trying to manipulate the truth that some members of Fretilin distributed guns to civilians. He added that the accusation is a manipulation by the Maubara Administrator because he is now involved with the security group which has been formed by the Vice-Minister of Health, Luis Lobato. Railos further said he is awaiting the report of COI and rejects violence. (STL, TP)

Fretilin wants COI Report this Week

MP Elizario Ferreira (Fretilin) made a political statement during the Parliament’s plenary session on Monday (9/10) that the report of the COI must be presented to the National Parliament by October 12. Ferreira gave the deadline stressing that Fretilin wants a path that safeguards justice and prevents any political conspiracy. He said Fretilin is also prepared to receive the outcome of the result of the Commission and the consequences if its members have been involved in the crisis. MP Lucia Lobato (PSD) said it would not be possible to have the report by the demanded date as it is being translated into three languages, stressing it is imperative that everybody welcomes the result of the investigation and the recommendations in order to help with the justice process. MP Rui Menezes (PD) said the National Parliament must follow up on the report with legal measures as a way to find a solution to the political crisis. Menezes said the report should not be treated like CAVR where the recommendations have been ignored.

In the meantime, F-FDTL Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak told the media on Monday that he is prepared to go to court to respond to any accusations against him in relation to the incidents of April and May 2006. Ruak reiterated he had already stressed his willingness to accept any accusations and refused to comment if any members of the armed forces were involved in the incidents, adding only that we need to wait for the report of the Commission. (STL, TP)

Court not Scared to Process Rogerio

In response to some concerns raised by MPs and civil society that the court should not be scared to process Rogerio, the President of the Court of Appeal, Claudio Ximenes said the Court is processing Rogerio Lobato’s case according to the law, and in an independent and impartial manner. Ximenes said he had stressed over and over again, in the Parliament, that the court is not scared to process former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato nor make a decision depending on the law and based on facts and evidences. He said the court would not bow to pressure from anyone for the decision it has to make, adding any court decision will contribute to Timorese being able to live peacefully especially now during the crisis. Ximenes did not reveal the process trial of Lobato saying he is not in charge of the case. (TP)

UN Secretary General Still Searching For New SRSG

Jose Luis Guterres, Minister of Foreign Affairs said the Office of the UN Secretary General is still searching for a new SRSG for Timor-Leste. Guterres said the Secretary General is consulting with various nations to elect the new person to head the new UN mission. He also told the media upon his arrival from New York that the UN has agreed on a total of 1600 police which would all be in Timor soon. (TP)

RTTL News Reporting

10 ­ 10 ­ 2006

Contingent of UNPOL arrive in TL:

RTTL reportedly stated that on Sunday, 45 UNPOL from the Philippines arrived in Dili. RTTL reported that on the same day, 75 UNPOL from Malaysia also arrived in Dili on a special flight from Malaysia. According to plans, 180 UNPols from Bangladesh and 25 from New Zealand will also arrive.

NP ready to accept the result from Commission of Inquiry:

NPs stated that everybody must accept the results of the investigation done by COI in order to solve the problems and crisis that is still on going in the country. Elizario Ferreira from Fretilin bench stated that the result of the investigation must be announced before 12 October, otherwise instability could be created. Regarding the results of the investigation, the Director of the NGO Forum stated that the civil society requests all components to accept the results of the investigation.

International Media Reports

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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