Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 05 June 2008

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]


(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

US Senator meets Horta- TVTL

US Senator Richard Lugar yesterday met President Horta to discuss the establishment of an extractive industry in Timor- Leste. The President also met with the German Minister of Economy, Volker Sowade, to talk about providing any projects which targeted youths. The President also received a visit from Miss Australia.

TMR: lack of human resources in F-FDTL/PNTL– Radio Timor-Leste, Suara Timor Lorosa'e, Diario Nacional and Timor Post

The General Commander of the F-FDTL Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak (TMR) said that a lack of human resources was the main challenge faced by F-FDTL and PNTL.

"We need to strengthen these two institutions," said TMR after a weekly meeting with President José Ramos-Horta on Wednesday (3/6) in Farol, Dili. Talking about new F-FDTL recruitment, TMR said that the recruitment for the armed forces will be held in June and July. The Ministry of Defence is working on the recruitment process for the 300 new F-FDTL members set to be trained in August.

Secret meeting of Horta-Salsinha: PR Horta obstructs justice – Suara Timor Lorosa'e

President Horta's secret meeting with Salsinha is not normal and jeopardises our nation. Including the pardons, this shows that the President is starting to obstruct justice.

The President of PUN Fernanda Borges said that President Horta has begun to interfere in forbidden areas of justice by secretly meeting with Salsinha.

"I am concerned with why PR Horta meets Salsinha privately. I feel something is going wrong. So I need him [PR Horta] to go to the court to give his statement as he knows a lot [about February 11]," added Ms. Borges.

In response to this, a law observer, Timotiu de Deus, said yesterday that the secret meeting between Horta and Salsinha was indeed legal given that the meeting was authorized by the Court.

Separately, CNRT MP Aderito Hugo da Costa said that following the controversial decision to pardon Rogerio, PR Horta has taken yet another step to interfere with the judicial process. 

Secret meeting of Horta-Salsinha is legal – Suara Timoor Lorosa'e

The Director of Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), Timotio de Deus, has said that the secret meeting between President José Ramos-Horta and Salsinha is considered legal as it was authorized by the Dili District Court.

According to Mr de Deus, the function of President is to guarantee national unity, so the President's initiative [to meet Salsinha] was to guarantee national unity.

Lucia Lobato: Rogerio Lobato is free – Suara Timmor Lorosa'e

The Minister for Justice, Lucia Lobato, has confirmed that Rogerio Lobato has been freed conditionally based on the pardon granted by President Horta.

"Yesterday I had a meeting with the Dili District Court Judge and he informed me that the Court's decision was to conditionally free Rogerio because he has been pardoned and because he served half his sentence before having received the pardon," said Minister Lobato on Wednesday (4/6).

Ed: PR Horta steps on justice – Suara Timor Lorosa'e

President Horta calls Salsinha to meet him in the presidential office in Farol, Dili. We do not know what the subject was. It was an urgent meeting, no one knows.

Maybe the meeting was about a possible pardon to Salsinha or perhaps on any other matter related to February 11 – only President Horta and Salsinha know the truth.

The meeting between Horta and Salsinha can be considered unique as it has only happened in Timor-Leste, not in the world.

Maybe because of his position as a Noble Prize Laureate the President wants to make history by following in the steps of Pope John Paulo II who met Ali Aca (the man who shot the Pope) in prison.

It is possible for Horta to use his position to do whatever he wants, because he is the President and also as the first man of the nation, what ever he does is legal, even though it may interfere with justice.

The phenomenon shows that PR Horta has stepped over the lines of justice, and is embroiled in conspiracies with his friends and enemies for his own private interest.

Horta-Salsinha's meeting: CNRT-Fretilin for, PSD against: Diario Nacional

The meeting of Salsinha and PR Horta has solicited many reactions from MPs in the National Parliament. CNRT and Fretilin consider the meeting to be acceptable as it is for the sake of national stability. The PSD party however is calling the meeting illegal.

Former Minister of Justice and Fretilin MP Domingos Sarmento said that the meeting of Horta and Salsinha is a positive step to accelerate the judicial process. PSD MP Mario Viegas Carrascalão however believes that as a prisoner, Salsinha had no right to meet others outside the prison.

Balibo filmmakers looking for Darwin helpers – ABC News, 5 June

Producers of the Balibo film - which will be partly shot in Darwin - need local filmmakers to help out.
The film looks at the death of five newsmen who were gunned down in the town of Balibo in East Timor in 1975.

A pre-production crew will arrive in Darwin tomorrow and will start filming at the end of the month. The film's producer, John Maynard, says locals are needed to help with production, direction and camera. "We're intent on making sure that the skilled people we've got on board can actually leave something behind in Darwin."


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