Subject: Timor-Leste News June 17, 2010

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June 17, 2010

*UNTL students holds peace rally asking autonomy of Campus *Radio Timor-Leste, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timor Loro Sa’e National University has continued holding peace rally urging the Ministry of Education to recognize autonomy of their campus. The students also threatened to hold long march, if there is satisfactory result from the ministry. The students also halted today (16/6) all academic activities, such as teaching and learning process, as well as new registration for new semester. Dili District Police Commander, Inspector Chief Pedro Belo said he had met with the students’ representative talking on long march that would be held on this coming Friday. Belo stressed that the police would protect and secure the students who join in the long march planned.

*PNTL commanders abide by rank promotion result *Radio Timor-Leste, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Police (PNTL) Deputy Commander, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus said the PNTL commanders abide by decision made for the police rank promotion and they would not put hands into the result of the promotion. The commander stressed that the PNTL was now trying to obey and implement the decision made by the commission set up by the State. De Jesus also said the PNTL commanders accepted the decision made and it was now going well, but it should motivate all the police officers. De Jesus called on all the PNTL officers to serve well the country’s people professionally.

*PNTL Promotion Commission submits report *Radio Timor-Leste, June 16, 2010 language source: Tetun

President of the Police Rank Promotion, Isabel Fereira said the Timorese National Police (PNTL) Rank Promotion Commission had submitted a report to the Government recommending the Government to set up another commission to do accompaniment for the process of rank promotion. Fereira made the comments during a meeting with HAK Foundations regarding the public’s concerns over the recent PNTL’s rank promotion. Fereira also said the Government recognized that it would take time to seek for solution to the problems within the PNTL and said there should be a strong law for regulating the rank promotion. She added that the commission was obliged to learn profoundly the right of the PNTL officers based on the international standard.

*Timorese students gain satisfactory results in their study *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Students who are currently doing their study in Indonesia, Australia, Norway, Portuguese and Thailand on the petroleum area gained satisfactory results. The State Secretary for Natural Resources, Alfredo Pires said the LNG pipelines from the Greater Sunrise should be built to the country, because the country’s human resources are enough to do so. Pires stressed there were 150 of the Timorese Students who were doing their study on petroleum area majoring in deferent areas such as Geology, Engineering, Petroleum, and Technique and oil chemistry. He added there were 13 of 150 the students should be sent back to Timor-Leste due to they did not gain positive scores.

*Police officers who maltreat journalist must be processed legally: De Jesus *Diario Nacional, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Police Commander, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus said the police officers who had recently maltreated one of the Timorese journalists from Diario Nacional daily ought to be processed legally if they had received claims from the victim. “This is another case, if the task force police officers were really engaged in maltreating the journalist, so then the victim should make a claim, so that we can process it legally,” De Jesus. De Jesus stressed that it was very unprofessional when the journalist had showed them his ID card, yet the continue beating him. The Dili District Police Commander, Pedro Belo also said once the victim made a claim then they could process the case legally. The Diario Nacional journalist, Joao da Silva was maltreated by some of the task force police officers when he was taking pictures at the Palace of the Government.

*Fretilin – CNRT condemn police officers who maltreat journalist *Diario Nacional, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Parliamentary members from Fretilin and National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNTR) has strongly condemned attitude of the task force police officers who have recently maltreated a journalist from Diario Nacional daily saying such attitude of the police could threaten freedom of the press in the country. MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from CNRT said such attitude of the National Police officers would be threat to the country’s freedom of the press. Meanwhile, MP Jose Texeira from Fretilin said it was a serious case and that needed to be handled by the state secretary for security, due to such attitude had many times happened and it also happened to a resident of Atauro last year. Texeira added that maltreatment to the journalist was violation and was against the country’s constitution.

*Deputy PM sends corruption cases to KAK *Diario Nacional, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Good Governance, Mario Viegas Carrascalao said his side had sent two corruption cases to the Anti- Corruption Commission (KAK) for a follow-up investigation. Carrascalao made the comments after explaining the reason of the Government proposing additional state budget in the Parliament. Carrascalao did not tell the journalists the details of the corruption cases found in the Government institutions. He called on the KAK to continue doing investigation into the case, so that those who were believed to have been engaged should be processed legally.

*Situation in Ermera is under control: Police deputy commander *Diario Nacional, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese National Police Deputy Commander, Commissioner Afonso de Jesus said security situation in Ermera district was now under control after the police officers and the Timorese Defense Force (F-FDTL) soldiers were deployed to hunt down the illegal armed groups. “Situation in Ermera is now normal and is under control, although there were rumors widespread that the illegal armed groups are moving around in Ermera,” De Jesus said. De Jesus said the PNTL and F-FDTL presence in that district was in coordination with the local and community leaders in order to provide them information on the illegal armed groups. “I think whatever decision made from the top, the PNTL continues to coordinate with the local leaders, so that people could remain calm,” De Jesus said.

*Corruption within Ministry of Education is now in Public Prosecution *Timor Post, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Management and Good Governance, Mario Viegas Carrascalão said allegation corruption found within the Ministry of Education was now in the Public Prosecution. Carrascalão said based on the investigation conducted by the Inspectorate General that corruption had really appeared within the Ministry of Education. “When I started assuming this post as Deputy for PM, I was assigned to investigate Ministry of Education and after three months investigation held by Inspectorate General, it findings showed that corruption had really took place in the Ministry of Education,” Deputy PM Carrascalão said. Carrascalao added that he had asked the Inspectorate General to investigate Enterprisers Association of Construction of Public Work (AECOP) because they had lost money US$ 6 million.

*PNTL holds meeting with Salsinha before 28 of April 2006 incident at the Govt Palace *Timor Post, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The UIR [Rapid Intervention Police] Former Commander, Armando Monteiro has confirmed that the National Police held meeting with the ex-rebel leader Gastão Salsinha before the petitioning soldiers held rally on 24 up to 28 of April, 2006. Monteiro made the comments on Wednesday (16/6) during a court trial on the case of 28 April, 2006 incident. Monteiro said he and other top leaders of the National Police including Former PNTL Commander Paulo Fatima Martins held meeting with Salsinha in 16 of April before they held rally. “General Commander of the PNTL including me and other police commanders held meeting with Salsinha and three of his men before the petitioners held rally on 16 April 2006. The agenda of the meeting was about their plans to hold rally on 24-28 April 2006,” Monteiro said. Monteiro also said the incident of 28 April took place after Salsinha and his men met with state leaders and president. He added that the petitioners were in protest over discrimination happened within the Timorese Defense Force (f-FDTL) which sparked by west and east division at the Palace of the Government.

*PNTL commando is holding socialization *Timor Post, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Police Deputy Commander, Commissioner Police Afonso de Jesus said the National Police currently was holding socialization on the rank promotion to the entire units within the police force. De Jesus stressed that many of the police officers had criticized process of the recent rank promotion saying that the promotion was not fair. “The rank promotion process is going on based on the legal process and we received many concerns from the demoted police officers about the rank promotion process,” de Jesus said. Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Committee B for Defense and Security President, Duarte Nunes, said the demoted police officers protested the rank promotion due to they did not understand well the process.

*Commissioner de Jesus: UFP missing weapons unclear *Timor Post, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Police Deputy Commander, Commissioner Police Afonso de Jesus said that he had not received any information saying that some weapons belonged to the Timorese Special Police Force (UFP) went missing in the border zone. De Jesus stressed that the UFP officers in the border informed him about the current situation in the area was under control, but they did not inform him about missing weapons. “I think this is only rumors, because we are yet to receive clear information about the weapons that went missing the border zone,” de Jesus said. De Jesus added, “No information saying that people confiscate the weapons of the UFP, I have no information about it, I have not received any report from the UFP commander about it.” He added that the current situation in Ermera district was under control, because team from the National Army and Police was holding patrol in the area to ensure security for the people.

*De Jesus: PNTL will recall the weapons if they belong to PNTL *Timor Post, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Timorese Police deputy Commander, Commissioner Police Afonso de Jesus said they would recall the weapons seized by the International Stabilization Force (ISF) from the group of ex-rebel leaders Alfredo Reinado Alves and his men. The commander made the comments on Wednesday (16/6) regarding the ISF’s official letter to the Public Prosecution to hand over weapons it [ISF] confiscated from Reinado and his men during the 2006 crisis. Probably some Weapons that the ISF will hand over to the Public Prosecution belong to the PNTL. As you know that some of our weapons are still missing. We will know to whom the weapons belong to after the ISF hand them over to the Public Prosecution,” de Jesus said.

*KAK to make strategic planning to combat corruption *Timor Post, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Commissioner for the anti-corruption commission (KAK), Aderito de Jesus Soares said his institution would make strategic planning in August this year to combat corruption in the country. Soares stressed that his side was yet to hold investigation into any corruption cases due to they were focusing on the recruitment of his staffs. He added that they would include civil society to get involved in making the strategic planning. “I am capable of making strategic planning myself, but I will not do that, because we want all sides to take part in combating corruption in the country,” de Jesus said.

*PNTL does not allow UNTL to hold rally *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

Dili District Police Commander, Superintendent Chief Pedro Belo said the National Police would not allow the students of the Universidade Nasionál Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) to hold peace rally to protest Ministry of Education. “If they want to hold rally then they should have authorization letter before they hold it. They want to hold rally, but the students have not been allowed by the police to hold rally on June 18 and that should be based on the agreement.” Belo said. Belo made the comments yesterday after meeting with lecturers and students of the UNTL at the UNTL campus, in Dili. He called on the lecturers and student to deal with authorization letter before they hold rally on 18/6.

*ISF-US Marine and State Secretary for Defense to discus joint training *Suara Timor Lorosa’e, June 17, 2010 language source: Tetun

The International Stabilization Force (ISF), the USA Marine Force and the Timorese State Secretary for Defense have planned to hold discussion tomorrow (18/6) about a joint future military training. The objective of the meeting is to make strategic planning of the joint training between the Timorese Marine Force with the USA Marine Force, ISF and Indonesian Marine Force. The join training was aimed to better strengthen friendship ties between Marine forces of Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Australia, and USA in the future.

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