Subject: East Timor Press Review 14 August, 2002

East Timor Press Review

14 August, 2002

· EDTF’s Force Commander, Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, was reported by Timor Post as saying that the ETDF is having difficulty identifying former FALINTIL members.

· The family of Sanders Thones (a Dutch Journalist killed in Dili, East Timor, during the violence of September 1999) met with President Xanana Gusmão to discuss and ask for the president’s assistance in the extradition of perpetrators to be tried in East Timor for the murder of their relative.

· TP ran a story on the laying of the first cornerstone for a plaque commemorating the death of Sander Thones. The event was attended by his family, the Head of UNMISET, Kamalesh Sharma, the Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia, Baron Schelto Van Heemstra, and government representatives yesterday in Becora-Dili. In the same article Baron Schelto Van Heemstra said that the killing of Sander Thones is a violation against Human Rights.

· MP Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo (PD) reported that the authorities must screen drivers in East Timor.

· It is reported that members of National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and members of Parliament are holding talks with resident of Suai district on various issues including the implementation of the education system, voters’ education and Human Rights.

· MP Antonio Cardoso (FRETILIN) stated that all citizens have the right to celebrate Falintil Day on 20 August.

· A girl was sexually abused by her father in Liquiça district last month, reported Timor Post.

· TP reported that the registration exercise carried out by the Department of Labour, Solidarity and Publics Works aims at identifying the number of unemployed in the country.

· An article on Suara Timor Lorosa’e front page reported Dili priest, Jose Antonio da Costa, as saying that Colimau 2000 group is against the church in East Timor.

· The Bishop of Dili, Dom Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, has refused to testify at the Jakarta Ad-Hoc Tribunal. The bishop says he will only testify through teleconference.

· Fernando “Lasama”Araujo says misunderstandings among leaders set a bad example for the people. Mr. Araujo was referring to the incident between the Coordinator of Civil Security, David Ximenes, and ETPS Commissioner, Paulo Martins.

· Minister of Health, Rui Maria de Araujo, is quoted as saying that evidence against a nurse accused of sexually abusing a patient is inconclusive based on examinations carried out by a team from the Department of Health and the Court.

· Vendors at Taibessi market have moved away from their stalls seeking safety after an incident that left three people severely injured.

· Head of Dili district Court, Aderito Tilman, has referred the Border Control Case to the Prosecutor-General, Longuinhos Monteiro. Mr. Longuinhos is preparing a report to the Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri.

· President Xanana Gusmão stated that even the president does not have the right to contest a decision made by the courts.

· STL reported that Members of Parliament have approved the bill on the 20% tax increase.

· Secretary of State for Electricity and Water, Egidio de Jesus, informed that about 16 East Timorese are currently undergoing training as per the Timor Sea agreement.

· MP Jose Andrade says that the illegal markets in the border area in Suai District must be closed to stop the infiltration of former militia members.

· It is reported that the Ministry of Health is distributing vitamins to Viqueque residents to help fight diseases like malaria.

[Drafted by UNMISET Spokesperson’s Office]


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