Subject: Lusa: 23 held in 'organized crime' crackdown after new arrests, say police

East Timor: 23 held in 'organized crime' crackdown after new arrests, say police

Dili, April 21 (Lusa) - East Timorese police have detained nine more people on suspicion of involvement in organized crime, raising the number of detentions in one week to 23, authorities said Wednesday.

Police Superintendent Paulo Martins told Lusa the latest arrests took place before dawn Tuesday on the outskirts of the capital, Dili, also netting homemade weapons, fire grenades and a radio unit.

Martins said police, who were carrying out "vigilance and analysis operations" at several points across the country, "maintain the situation under control".

Interior Minister Rogério Lobato announced the first detentions of suspected members of "organized crime" gangs, primarily linked to robberies, Friday, saying some of the detained had formerly performed important roles in the resistance to Indonesian occupation.

The identities of the detainees would be disclosed opportunely, he said.

EL/SAS Lusa


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