Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS For April 23, 2010

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Local and International - For April 23, 2010

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National News’ Headings:

*Pessoa-Soares: “Judicial system should be strengthened before combating corruption” *MP Texeira: TL should have cooperation agreement with other countries *Fun Hang University of China is ready to receive Timorese Student *Four villages Residents of Same sub district run short of food *PM Gusmão: “2020 plan will determine life of Timorese people” *PM Gusmão agree with President Horta to postpone municipality elections *PM Gusmão calls on KAK not to investigate free money “Uang rokok” *PDHJ will hand over ten corruption cases to Public Prosecution *Xanana: “Letter of Australian Minister of Natural Resources is a threat to TL “ *Commissioner Soares calls for people’s contribution *KAK officials should be paid well *Fernandes: “There is lack of equipments to combat illegal fishing” *Fernandes denies rumors of illegal weapons in Ermera *Ximenes: “We are analyzing the appeals of Kiak-Alberto and Salsinha *Communities call for security maintenance of F-FDTL and PNTL *New recruitment process of PTNL is yet to be fixed *Xanana delegated Lobato to attend UN Security Council’s Meeting *Security situation in Bobonaro and Kovalima is under control

National News:

*Pessoa - Soares: “Judicial system should be strengthened before combating corruption”

*Timor Newsline, April 23, 2010

The Timorese Prosecutor General Ana Pesoa Pinto and the anti-corruption Commissioner Aderito de Jesus Soares, have said that Timor the most important thing was the country’s judicial system should be better strengthened before combating corruption.

They said that the Government institutions such as Public Prosecution, the Timorese Human Right and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) and he anti-corruption commission (KAK) have its own laws that could support them in eradicating corruption and therefore they said no need to adopt law of another country like Indonesian’s TIPIKOR.

“We will not copy law from Indonesia like TIPIKOR because our institution has its own law that supports us to combat corruption in Timor-Leste,” Commissioner Soares said.

Commissioner Soares said that his department will cooperate with Public Function Commission to recruit staffs for KAK, particularly staff for investigation at least ten people.

Meanwhile, Prosecutor General, Ana Pesoa Pinto, has said that she was unpleased with the Alliance Government’s expenditure during two years, because the Government had spent lot of money but people still living under poverty line.

She said that she will not the way of how to combat corruption but it was important to better strengthen the Government’s institutions of judicial part.

“I will not comment on the method use to combat corruption but the most important thing is the Government should better improve those institutions of judicial part,” Pesoa said.

At the same time the Appellate Court President, Claudio Ximenes, has said that the Timorese Constitution and penal code law had guarantee the competent part to eradicate corruption practices in the country.

He added that it was important to set up audit court in order to support the implementation of these laws.

“We have laws to combat corruption, but the important thing is how we can implement the laws and the specific court that will pay its attention in this case is audit court

*MP Texeira: TL should have cooperation agreement with other countries

*Radio & Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP José Fernandes Texeira from Fretilin has said that an effective way of fighting against corruption is to have cooperation with other countries such as Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Portugal in order to extradite corruptors or to have access to corruptors’ bank accounts and assets in these countries.

“We need to have cooperation with other countries such as Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Portugal in order to extradite corruptors and to have access to their bank accounts in these places as a way of fighting against corruption,” said Texeira.

Texeira made the comments after speaking to participants of an international conference on the impacts of corruption to national development Thursday in Dili.

He also said that in order to better fight against corruption, there should be law of anti-corruption, qualified human resources, and political goodwill of the state institutions in the efforts to fight against corruption.

The objective of the conference was to share experiences and knowledge on the international best practices in countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Global Organizations of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and how state institutions in Timor-Leste should move forward with their efforts to fight against corruption.

The conference was organized by Committee C of the National Parliament spearheaded by its Research Unit in collaboration with the Asia Foundation. It is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Timor-Leste.

*Fun Hang University of China is ready to receive Timorese Student

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Fun Hang University of Republic of Popular China is ready to receive students from Timor-Leste to do their study at specific major at that University.

Deputy Prime Minster for Social Issues, José Luis Guterres, has said that Fun Hang University sides really appreciate bilateral ties of both Timor-Leste and Chinese Governments therefore they committed to better strengthen friendship ties through educational program as it was what was dreaming by the Timorese Government to do.

“They are ready to receive our young people to do their study at Fun Hang Universality therefore we will talk with the Minister of Education so that we can send our student to China to do their study,” Deputy PM Guterres said.

He added that Chinese agriculture aspect was also important to Timor-Leste that was why the Government will discus on this thing shortly.

*Four villages Residents of Same sub district run short of food

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Residents of four villages such as Holarua, Groto, Daisua and Rotutu of Same sub district have always run sort of food every year.

Same sub district Administrator, Adão Mendes, has said that the local resident of the four villages had run sort of food because soil condition at the area is not productive.

Mendes said that his part had made report about this case to Mercy Corps Department in order to seek for solution to resolve these issues as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Rotutu Vilage Chief Leader, Alarico dos Santos, has said that besides poor condition of soil, natural disaster of landslide also one case that had affect badly on the resident plantation that will produce food for them.

“It is true that those people life in slope of mountain had really run sort of foodstuff because of hurricane and landslide that had destroy their plantation,” dos Santos said.

*PM Gusmão: “2020 plan will determine life of Timorese people”

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said that the Government’s 2020 plan was like a Bible and the Government should implement it well as it will determine the future of the Timorese people.

PM Gusmão said that it was important to the Government to implement the strategic plan well to improve Infrastructure, build up Airport, managing natural resources, repair roads and bridges, irrigation, electricity, clean water and so fort.

PM Gusmão added that Timor-Leste has got its independence for ten years but people were still living under poverty and therefore he set up new strategic development plan to improve people’s live in the aspect of Infrastructure, health and educational aspects.

He also said that Timor-Leste is a rich country, but its citizens were still poor that was why the Government set up the PDN to manage wealth in order to improve people’s live condition.

“We should manage our wealth in order to improve your life,” PM Gusmão said.

He also called on all people to cooperate well with the Government in the implementation of PDN in the future.

*PM Gusmão agree with President Horta to postpone municipality elections

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has said the he totally supports President Jose Ramos Horta to postpone election for municipality system to 2013 in the thirteen districts.

PM Gusmão said that this postponement will give the Government opportunity to better improve the country’s infrastructure and human resources.

“We have not prepared human resources completely as there is lack of human resources and infrastructure and therefore I am pleased with this postponement of municipality election to 2014,” PM Gusmão said.

He added, “The Government should not hurry to implement municipality system since it has lack of thing that can support implementation of this system.”

Meanwhile, Lospalos Sub-District Administrator, Domingos dos Santos Sequeira, has said that it was important to the Government to better prepare human resources for the municipality elections.

*PM Gusmão calls on KAK not to investigate free money “Uang rokok”

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has called on the anti-corruption commission (KAK) not to investigate money for cigarettes or Uang rokok because the amount of such money is small but the KAK should focus on the Government’s National Development Plan as it is believed that corruption will appear in the implementation of the plan.

“It is not necessary to investigate for case of uang rokok because it only about US$ 100.00 and it is a small case, huge case will appear in the implementation of the PDN and the Government will give space for KAK to hold investigation,” PM Gusmão said.

He also called on the KAK to make contract with international investigator to support KAK to investigate corruption case in the PDN implementation.

PM Gusmão added that it was important to all the people to cooperate with KAK so that they can undertake their work optimally to eradicate corruption practices in the country.

*PDHJ will hand over ten corruption cases to Public Prosecution

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Human Right and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) Sebastião Dias Ximenes, has said that his department will hand over ten cases of corruption, collusion and nepotism (KKN) to Public Prosecution to be processes legally.

“We will hand over ten cases corruption cases to Public Prosecution in order to try those corruptors as we have finished investigating these cases,” Ombudsmen Ximenes said.

Ombudsmen Ximenes said that he will continue focusing to see corruption cases his department received before the establishment of anti-corruption commission (KAK).

“One of the ten corruption cases is the case of purchasing uniform by the Justice Ministry and those cases been handed over to Public Prosecution and we will hand those cases yet to investigate to the KAK,” Ombudsmen Ximenes said.

*Xanana: “Letter of Australian Minister of Natural Resources is a threat to TL “

*Suara Timor Lorosae, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security Kayrala Xanana Gusmao has said Monday that recent letter of Australian Minister Natural Resources to Timor-Leste’s Secretary of State for Natural Resources Alfredo Pires is a threat to Timor-Leste.

“The Australian Minister for Natural Resources sent a letter to us and the content of the letter can be considered as a threat; I have instructed our Secretary of State for Natural Resources to reply that who is afraid of whom,” said Gusmao during a consultation meeting with local people in Lospalos, Lautem.

According to Gusmao, the pipeline from Bayu Undan has been taken to Australia and therefore the pipeline from the Greater Sunrise should be taken to Timor-Leste.

“We know that Bayu Undan’s pipelines have been taken to Australian and therefore the pipelines from the Greater Sunrise should be taken to Timor-Leste,” he added.

PM Gusmao said that the Timorese Government will continue defending right of the Timorese people.

“The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Alli Alatas sign agreement with the Australian Government in a airplane, but it is our right now.” PM Gusmão said.

PM Gusmao added that Timorese people should say that they were capable to develop their country although Australia considers we were stupid.

“We should shouted that we are able to develop our country although Australia said that we are still stupid,” PM Gusmão said.

He also called on all people to give hands and struggle with the Woodside company sp that they can install pipeline to the country.

“We all should together and have one opinion in order to bring the pipeline og the Greater Sunrise to the country.

*Commissioner Soares calls for people’s contribution

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Anti-corruption Commission (KAK) Commissioner, Aderito de Jesus Soares, has called for contribution of all sides to KAK to bring corruptors to the court.

Commissioner Soares said that work of the KAK is not easy work because it needs a full concentration in investigating any case related to corruption.

The Timorese Constitution article No. 4 has guaranteed the KAK to hold prevention and investigation for an indication of serious criminal case.

“We can detain and record your conversation in telephone. Therefore be careful!,” Commissioner Soares said.

He added that he will announce vacancy to recruit directors and 35 or 38 of KAK’s staffs this year.

“Those directors will be recruit will fill the post of Prevention, Investigation and Education and Campaign and there is recruitment for 35 or 38 staffs for KAK as well,” Commissioner Soares said.

*KAK officials should be paid well

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Anti-corruption Commission (KAK) Commissioner, Aderito de Jesus Soares has called on the Parliament to define salary law for the KAK’s staffs in order to prevent bribing from businessmen.

Commissioner has said that he dissatisfied with the total amount of money approved by the Parliament and allocate to the KAK as it too small and it was possible to bring undesirable thing.

“Our staffs whose levels are 4, 5, 6 and 7 automatically their salary payment should US$ 400.00 or 500.00. When they hold investigation towards any businessmen and a ministry with big amount of budget, there will be many undesirable intentions from investigator of KAK,” Commissioner Soares said.

Meanwhile, Father Mateus said that corruption case was power abuse of certain people to pursue their interest.

*Fernandes: “There is lack of equipments to combat illegal fishing”

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes, has said that it was difficult to combat illegal fishing in the Timor water as there were no adequate equipments to the National Water Police and Force to control the illegal fishing.

“We all know that this is a serious problem to the National Police and Army, because we have undertake our work to control illegal fishing but there is not positive result,” Fernandes said.

Fernandes added that the National Water police and F-FDTL marine Force were collaborating with each other to control the Timorese water but there were lack of equipment that can support them to undertake their work well.

“I have recently held meeting with F-FDTL and I have information that illegal fishing had not in the water of Timor in Illiomar of Lospalos only, but it was also happened in Manufahi and Likisa as well,” Fernandes said.

*Fernandes denies rumors of illegal weapons in Ermera

*Diário Nacionál, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Operational Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes, has denied the information widespread that there was illegal weapon in Ermera district.

“I do not want to talk about these rumors, because we have not identified any illegal weapon to date. We also have not detain those people who widespread this rumors and therefore we will prove to the public for clarification about real situation after we detain the one who spread rumors,” Fernandes said.

Fernandes said that it was important for the people not to believe in rumors since there was no evidence that can prove it, adding the all people should inform the National Police and Army including the United Nations Police and International Stabilization Force (ISF) when there was a fact.

*Ximenes: “We are analyzing the appeals of Kiak-Alberto and Salsinha

*Timor Post, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Appellate Court President Claudio Ximenes has started to analyze the appeal made by the lawyers of Frederico “Oan Kiak” Florindo and Alberto da Costa Belo including the appeal made by the lawyers of the ex-rebel leader Salsinha and his man.

The appeal of Kiak and Belo had been registered in the appellate court with the No. 20/CO/2010/TR and on March 24th it been registered in the Dili District Court with the No. 14/C.Ord/TTD/2009 whereas the appeal of Salsinha and his men case had also registered in the appellate court with the No. 23/CO/2010/TR and was also registered in the Dili District Court on March 12th with the No. 2742/PDD/2009-A.

According to Pedro Aparicio, lawyer of Kiak and Belo, has said that they made appeal to the appellate court, because the Dili District Court had not discovered the perpetrator but decided to sentence their clients.

“It is true that we have made appeal to the court in order to urge for a full ballistic examination for discovering perpetrators as there is no evidence proves that Kiak and Belo are the perpetrators,” Aparicio said.

Aparicio said that the incident happened in the former market place “Merkadu Lama” was like a joint crime therefore he called on the court need to analyze this case properly.

At the same time lawyer for the ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha and his men, José Pedro Camoes, through a telephone call said that they made appeal to the court because they dissatisfied with the Dili District Court recent decision to sentence their clients, moreover the Public Prosecution had not present strong evidence about ballistic examination to the court.

*Communities call for security maintenance of F-FDTL and PNTL

*Timor Post, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Residents of Dili District have called on the Timorese National Police and Army to maintain security in the capital of Dili as the situation was now under control.

According to Manuel Soares, a student of the National University (UNTL) that general situation in the Dili city was under control although there were some minor case still appeared in some districts but he said it will impacted on peoples’ life.

“In my observation that the country’s security situation is under control although there are some minor cases still happening in some districts but they have been responded by the National Police that is why we feel comfortable with this situation,” Soares said.

At the same time student of UNDIL, Francisco Hornay, has also state the same story that security situation in the country was going on well.

*New recruitment process of PTNL is yet to be fixed

*Timor Post, April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Timorese Police, Commissary Afonso de Jesus, has said that the recruitment process for the new officers of the National Police was not yet fix.

Commissary de Jesus refused to give comment on the recruitment process of the PNTL and called on the journalist to ask the Government because it was not competence of the PNTL commando to announce it.

“I have not talked about new recruitment process for new PNTL officials, therefore you can ask the Government about it,” de Jesus said.

Meanwhile, the State Secretary for Security, Francisco Guterres, has said that the PNTL institution has planned to hold new recruitment for its new officials and the State Secretary was waiting for recruitment law and creation of team to analyze candidates,” documents.

“It is true that we are planning to hold recruitment this year for new officials of the National Police. We are preparing law and team to analyze document of candidates so that the recruitment will run well,” Guterres said.

While, the Timorese Operational Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Mateus Fernandes, has recently said that the National Police Institution has planned to hold recruitment for young people, but the commando was now focusing on the basic needs of the PNTL.

*Xanana delegated Lobato to attend UN Security Council’s Meeting

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timor-Leste’s coalition government led by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has delegated his Minister of Justice Lúcia Lobato to participate in the UN Security Council’s Meeting in New York. The appointment of Lobato has indicated that Gusmão has lost his confidence in Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zacarias Albano da Costa.

According to the agenda, Lobato will brief the Security Council about the country’s efforts in building peace in a post-conflict society.

The Security Council, which is now presided by Japan, has grouped Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone as post-conflict countries which are in the process of peace-building.

In her speech, Lobato said that Timor-Leste recently hosted an international dialogue on peace-building and state-building which was known as G7+ of fragile states of the world.

She also told the Security Council that Timor-Leste has succeeded in dealing with issues such as internally displaced persons (IDP) and petitioners.

She also said that stability and maintenance of law and order is one of the priorities of the coalition government, including security and defense sectors reform.

Minister Da Costa is the president of Socialist Democratic Party (PSD) party and Lobato is his Vice President. Both of them represent the PSD in the coalition.

*Security situation in Bobonaro and Kovalima is under control

*Suara Timor Lorosae April 23, 2010 language source: Tetun

With the joint operation of Timor-Leste’s National Police and Defense Force (F-FDTL) the security situation in the districts of Bobonaro and Kovalima is now back to normal.

Sub-district Administrator of Zumalai, Manuel Agostinho Freitas, said Thursday in Dili that his population is now living in peace due to the joint operations of the PNTL and F-FDTL.

“My population in Zumalai are now living in peace because of the operations by PNTL and F-FDTL and public order is now restored in the districts of Bobonaro and Kovalima,” said Freitas.

He added that there was ninja-like activities in Zumalai but the joint operations had restored law and public order there.

He denied that PNTL involved in mistreatment against his population.

According to PNTL Commissioner Longinhos Monteiro, with the return of public order in the districts of Bobonaro and Kovalima, PNTL may change its operational strategies on the ground.


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