Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review 5 December 2007

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

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TVTL interview with Alfredo Reinado

Reporter 1: Alfredo Reinado Alves stated that the dialogue process would not have follow-up when the State did not guarantee security for him.

Reporter 2: Alfredo Reinado Alves issued this statement in relation to the attempts made by the International Stabilization Force [to get him] when Alfredo and his group including the petitioners met with Task Force team in Gleno, Ermera District last Sunday.

Alfredo said the dialogue process would not continue when the Government and the State did not guarantee security for him and his group because at the moment he felt threatened by all of the attempts.

Alfredo Reinado (AR): I have been asking for the dialogue for a long time. I requested it to sit down with President of Republic, Prime Minister, President of National Parliament, Brigadier General, and Mr. Colonel Lere to have it in a short time in order to guarantee the stability for the nation, and safeguard the nation. But all of the sudden, my life is in danger, now I feel that.., and I have been thinking…, and I do not know what response I will give to this. I feel otherwise there will be a continuation of this or not. This is due to the fact that my life is in danger. And when the State and the Government do not guarantee my safety, and consider this as a joke, and I think I cannot deal with this. This is because my life is in danger. The [international] force was used to get me with the sniper. Yesterday, it was a question of minutes. The witnesses who were there were: Secretary of State for Defense, Secretary of State for Security, Adviser of Prime Minister, and representatives from Geneva and MUNJ. They themselves were the ones who spoke with them along with my lawyer about why they came.

Reporter: Responding to the question of his absence from the trial concerning the Fatu-Ahi case carried out on Monday at the Dili District Court, Alfredo said he was ready to face the case.

AR: I am not going to be present at the civilian trial. I am not going to do so. And I do not accept it, and I will never authorize my men to be present there. They can provide testimonies, but I will be the one who is responsible for it when the time comes. When the time comes, the case will be resolved in accordance with the military process, and based on the chain of incidents. Don’t make me out as a victim for the sake of political interest in order to cover up the responsibility of the leaders, and if I will be the one to be responsible for it, no I am not going to do so. On [28 April] case, whoever was in power at the time should be responsible, and who gave the order, and who executed the order [so that there will be a trial on this]. Then, we can deal with my case. I am not going to run away from it. But, it should be done through a military panel. I have nothing to do with other cases. The majority of the crisis concerns other cases: the 24, 25 [May 2006] cases were against the civilians, and these should be dealt with through civilian laws. On the 23 [May] case, there should be a military law to deal with it because it was a military process. A proper panel should be created to deal with this matter. Mr. Ivo or the existing judges, none of them have the competent capacity to resolve the case in a military way, since they are not competent. They are not military judges and lawyers. They have no knowledge about the military and the military condemnation to try the case in a military way. I think the State should consider this matter: creating a military panel. I can say that the current judicial processes are not just. There is a lot of injustice for defending the individual interests. That is it.

Reporter: Mr. Commander, the Fatu-Ahi case had been tried, but you did not mark your presence [at the court], what was the reason?

AR: The reason is as I have said a while ago. This is due to the fact that I will not mark my presence at the civilian trial. The Fatu-Ahi case was among the military personnel. It was within one institution. It was among [the personnel] in one institution. And the problem existed within one institution, among the military men who were armed. This should be resolved in accordance with a military panel. What it was done yesterday was a civilian case, and I will not be responsible for it, and I am not stupid. The law says something, and there should be compliance to this.

Reporter: If that is the case, what are your wishes for the process of the solution of the case? How is it?

AR: How? The case should be resolved based on the date of the incident. There was no 23 May incident if there was no 28 April incident. There was no 28 April incident if there were no petitioners. So, here the State and the Government had no responsibility and capacity to resolve the crises; the previous government and now the case is in the hands of the current Government, and now there is no solution. And we see… And I, even if there is a military panel, and the ttrial will be a military one, will not face it any time in whatever courts if there is no solution of the petitioners problem and 23 [May] case. I have made these statements in writing in a thick document, and so why has there not been any response to me? So, whatever consequences might happen to force me to be at the court, I will wait. And if this might create any bad result to the nation; it will not be my action. This is because the leaders, authorities and international judges are the ones who pull the trigger to destroy the stability of the nation, not me. I am not running away from the law. Until now I have not faced justice because there has not been any process which is in accordance with the proper judicial process.

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Aitahan Matak: the sentence for the F-FDTL members is very controversial

The Coordinator of Timor-Leste's Popular Council of Defence (CPD-RDTL), Antonio Aitahan Matak said that the sentence for the F-FDTL members was very controversial because it has mixed together charges of manslaughter and attempted murder. He added that it is well known that both parties were armed, which indicates that F-FDTL and PNTL were obeying their own principles and regulations.

He recommended that a United Nation-sponsored judicial commisson be set up with military judges who have thorough understanding of war, military law and combat in order to ensue a proper court hearing.

Meanwhile, he also asked the court to conduct a similar hearing for the foreigners who were involved in the incident. (DN)

Capturing Alfredo will have a huge impact on the country's stability

The Chief of the Social Democratic Party, Fernando Dias Gusmao, said that if the Court has decided to give UNPol and ISF a five day deadline to capture Major Alfredo Reinado Alves, this will have a huge impact on the stability of the country.

"In order to prevent such an impact, it would be better to suspend his case while the Government and the President of the Republic are still trying to hold a dialogue with Major Alfredo," he said. (DN)

UNMIT respond to the request that UNPol and ISF capture Alfredo

UNMIT Spokesperson, Allison Cooper, said "We don' want to comment on this, because the process is still underway and it up to a tribunal to decide what to do. As I said, we don't have a comment yet, but the United Nation continues to care about the problems in the country." (DN)

Judge: It's Better for the State to Make a Law to Close the Court

One of judges from Dili District Court said that if the International Security Forces (ISF) and UNPOL only respect the three sovereign institutions of the President of the Republic, the National Parliament and the Government, and put aside the arrest warrant was issued by the Court to capture former Police Military Commander Major Alfredo Reinado, it would be better for the State to make a law to close the Court.

This was partly in response to the statement made last week by the ISF Commander where he said that the ISF will not capture Major Alfredo and his members due to requests from these three sovereign institutions that are trying to have dialogue with the fugitive. (STL)

Contact with Major Alfredo is Being Established; the Government Will Continue the Dialogue

Mr. Francisco Guterres, Secretary of State for Security and Chief of the Task Force for dialogue with Major Alfredo Reinado, said that the Government has already made direct contact with Major Alfredo Reinado to set up the place for dialogue in the next few days, in the vicinity of Ermera district. "We have not come up with any agenda. We are still in the process of deciding the venue for the meeting", said Mr. Guterres. (STL)

Budget $348.1 Million for Year 2008

The Council of Ministers decided that next year's (2008) annual budget would be $348.1 million. According to information received by this newspaper, $327.9 million out of the total amount of the budget comes from the petroleum fund and tax. (STL)

Julio Tomas: Politicians Shouldn't Create Confusion

The Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Julio Tomas Pinto, said that if politicians want to question the function of the F-FDTL Commander, they need first look at the decree law of the F-FDTL, in order to avoid misunderstanding.

He said that according to the F-FDTL decree law, it is clearly the competency of the F-FDTL Brigadier General to fire the petitioners. (STL)

Francisco Guterres: Government will not encroach on the court's area of expertise

Secretary of State for Security, Mr. Francisco Guterres, said that Government will go on with its plan to conduct dialogue on the problem of Major Alfredo Reinado. The Government will not encroach on the court's area of competence because the two are institutionally separate. (TP)

On the Arrest Warrant Letter - ISF Keep Quite and UNPOL Seek Peace

The ISF had no comment on the warrant letter to capture Reinado issued by the Court. On the UNPOL side, Mr. Rodolfo Tor said that UNPOL understand and respect the instruction mentioned in that letter. The police have a duty to maintain peace and stability in Timor-Leste. The police also have a duty to bring the suspect to court; however, capturing Mr. Alfredo Reinado would require operational action. Learnt from past experience that using violence means came up with dead result therefore Police wants to avoid it. (TP)

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Timor Post (TP) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanario Televisaun Timor-Leste (TVTL)

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