Subject: Timor-Leste News June 22, 2010

Local Daily News

June 22, 2010

*A UN Portuguese police officer killed in fatal traffic accident *Radio Timor-Leste, June 21, 2010 language source: Tetun

One of the UN Portuguese Police officers is killed in a fatal traffic accident in the country’s east of Manatuto district. Sergeant, Hermenegildo Marques died after he was instantly taken to the UN clinic in Dili. Meanwhile, another UN Portuguese police officer was sustained a minor injury and had been evacuated to Darwin for receiving an intensive medical treatment. The UN mission in Timor-Leste stands condolence to the deceased’s family and the Portuguese Police contingent. The accident happened when a team of Portuguese police was heading to Viqueque district for neutralizing explosive goods in that district.

*President Horta inaugurates official residence for public prosecutors *Radio Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta has officially inaugurated official residences for the public prosecutors and other judicial officers in Oe-Cusse district last Friday (18/6). During a speech marking the inaugurating ceremony, Horta said the official residences construction would help support the legal practitioners to carry out their works optimally. General Prosecutor, Ana Pessoa said these supporting facilities would give the judicial officers spirit to work professionally. Meanwhile, Director for Fitun Sinai Company said the construction of the building was financially funded by the USAID worth more than US $ 100 thousand.

*Students urge Parliament to review UNTL’s status *Televizaun Timor-Leste, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Students of the Timor Loro Sa’e National University (UNTL) have urged the Parliament to review the UNTL’s status. During a peace rally, the students said they did not want to accept the decision made by minister for education, as it had not recognized the Timorese students’ struggle for the country’s independence. The students also told the security authorities such as the Timorese National Police (PNTL) and the UN Police that they would continue holding peace rally if the Parliament did not want to fulfill their demands.

*Govt ready to resolve UNTL’s problem: Guterres *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues, Jose Luis Guterres said the Government through the Ministry of Education was ready to resolve current problem of the Timor Loro Sa’e Natioanal University (UNTL). Guterres called on the students and lecturers who were in peace rally to remain calm, due to the Government was seeking for various ways to resolve this problem. “Our constitution guarantees freedom of expression, people could criticize the Government and now we want to seek concrete solution to resolve this problem,” Guterres said. The UNTL students are now in peace rally to urge the Ministry of Education to pay attention to the UNTL’s status.

*One killed in martial art clubs’ clash *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

One killed and two other were sustained serious injuries during a martial art clubs’ conflict in Delta, a suburb of the Capital Dili. The UN and the Timorese National Police have detained some people who are suspected of being engaged in the clash. The PNTL Operational Commander, Superintendent Chief, Mateus Fernandes said the police also had identified some other people to be arrested, but still waiting for arrest warrant from the Public Prosecution. Fernandes stressed that the police officers were still continuing to provide security at the scene, because two groups of the martial art clubs were still provoking each other.

*Court makes final verdict to sentence Salsinha to 10 ˝ years in prison *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Court of Appeal has made a final verdict to sentence former rebel leader, Gastao Salsinha to 10 ˝ half years in prison regarding the attack on President Horta’s residence on February 11, 2008. Meanwhile, Salsinha’s followers were sentenced to 9 ˝ months in prison and some were up to 10 years in prison. On the other hands, Angelita Pires and some other accused that were suspected of being engaged in plot of attacking President Horta was totally freed.

*Carrascalao against AMP’s politics *Suara Timor Loro Sa’e, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Rui Menezes from the Democratic Party (PD) and Renan Selak from the UNDERTIM said Deputy Prime Minister, Mario Viegas Carrascalao was now against the Parliamentary Majority Alliance Government (AMP)’s politics. MP Menezes and Renan Selak stressed they were not satisfied with the attitude of the deputy prime minister, as he always criticized the AMP Government. According to them Carrascalao has no ethic of governance, due to he behaves like opposition. “He has no ethic of Governance, as the Government officials he should implement the AMP’s politics,” They said.

*Horta to talk on Timor-Leste’s position on pipelines building *Diario Nacional, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta is scheduled to hold an official visit to Australia on June 21 up to June 28, 2010. President Horta and Australia’s side will talk on the two countries bilateral ties and Timor-Leste’s position over the Greater Sunrise’s pipelines building to Timor-Leste. Horta said he firmly to defend the Government’s policy of building pipelines to Timor-Leste, as it could benefit the country’s people. “My visit is to strengthen the two countries bilateral ties,” Horta said. Horta added that he did trust that the Government had good will to build pipelines to Timor-Leste based on the feasibility study done.

*Police should not commit violence in doing task: MP Borges *Diario Nacional, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Fernanda Borges from the Committee A for Justice and Constitution, Fernanda Borges has strongly criticized the Timorese National Police officers who are engaged in maltreating the Diario Nacional journalist in recent days. Borges said the police was not allowed to commit act of violence in carrying out their task in the terrain. Borges stressed that the Constitution of Timor-Leste protected people’s freedom to do whatever they wanted. “Journalists are free to take picture and that happens everywhere,” Borges said. She added that it was dictatorship when the police seized the journalist’s camera; therefore the Government should look at this matter.

*People waiting for KAK’s contribution *Diario Nacional, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

Bauakau Diocese Bishop, Monsignor Basilio Nacimento said the Timorese people were waiting for the Anti-Corruption Commission (KAK)’s contribution, so that it could improve the country’s image. “I am hoping that our institution to fight against corruption and that is major contribution to the country’s image,” Nacimento said. The bishop stressed that Timor-Leste was not an experienced country; therefore it needed time to do its work and set up proper system for resolving corruption cases in the country.

*GTZ holds training for local staffs *Diario Nacional, June 22, 2010 language source: Tetun

German International Development Agency (GTZ) is in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture hold training focuses on the local staffs who are going to be program manager in future. “This training is aimed at professionalizing the competent local staffs to become future program manager,” GTZ Administrator from Baucau, Jose Henrique. Henrique stressed that this training was held to professionalize the staffs who were implementing projects of the GTZ.

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