Subject: Daily Media Review 28 Feb 08

Thursday, 28 February 2008


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National Media Reports TVTL News Coverage

Petitioners increase to 480: The numbers of petitioners gathered in Aitarak Laran has increased to 480. Petitioners indicate that they are ready to cooperate in order to solve the problems faced since 2006. The Government is assisting them by broadening the gathering place to allow for more room.

F-FDTL/PNTL Joint Operation seizes 500 camouflage T-shirts: The Operational Commander of F-FDTL and PNTL Joint Operation, Lieutenant Colonel Filomeno Paixão, said that the Joint Operation has seized 500 camouflage T-shirts from an international company in Dili. Commander Paixão said while he cannot reveal the name of the company, the case is under investigation.

AFP-UNPol discover bullets in PM's residence: The Investigation Team of the Australian Federal Police and the PNTL who are conducting the reconstruction exercise of the February 11 events at PM Xanana's residence have discovered 16 bullets at the site. The General Prosecutor of the Republic (PGR) Longuinhos Monteiro said that the bullets will be sent to Darwin, Australia for ballistic testing. PGR Monteiro said that FBI was excluded from the reconstruction exercise, but the Australian Federal Police (AFP) took aerial pictures of the site to help locate the shooting points.

RTL News Coverage No RTL news coverage.

Print Coverage PNTL to welcome petitioners: The Deputy Commander of PNTL Dili District, Delfim da Silva, has said that the PNTL will welcome Salsinha's group any time of the day or night if any member of the group decides to surrender. Commander da Silva has also asked Salsinha's followers to cooperate with the PNTL and to submit to justice as this is the only way to ensure the nation's stability. (STL)

Salsinha's stronghold detected: The Commander of 'Halibur' Joint Operation F-FDTL and PNTL, Lieutenant Colonel Filomeno Paixão, said that they have detected the stronghold of Salsinha and his group. Even though Salsinha and his group have been detected, Commander Paixão said that the Joint Operations would not act recklessly to apprehend the group, but would continue to seek peaceful means to bring Salsinha and his group to justice. "We will keep trying to persuade him as our brother to come and seek justice peacefully," added Commander Paixão. (STL)

Petitioners threatened in Ermera: Former F-FDTL member and Coordinator of the Gathering Place, Captain Cesar Valente de Jesus, said that some of the petitioners from Ermera district afraid to come to Dili as they were being threatened by local community members and youths for allegedly breaking their promise.

"We have been informed that some petitioners from Ermera District could not come down to Dili because they were being threatened by local youth and community members. We have told the Government about this and have asked them to help find a way for the petitioners to come here." said Captain de Jesus on Wednesday (27/2) in Aitarak Laran, Dili. (STL)

5 of Alfredo's men submit to justice: PGR Longuinhos Monteiro said that five of Alfredo's men were to undertake their first judicial interrogation in Dili District Court. PGR Monteiro confirmed that the five men were together with Alfredo before the attacks against PR Ramos-Horta and PM Xanana Gusmão.

"The five men will participate in a hearing to explain why they joined Alfredo," said PGR Monteiro on Wednesday (27/2) in Laulara. (DN)

Guterres: ICCI gives no importance to the states' initiatives: The Acting President of the National Parliament (NP), Vicente Guterres, said that he does not agree with the idea to establish an International Independent Commission of Inquiry (IICI), as proposed by Fretilin, to investigate the attacks against PR Ramos-Horta and PM Xanana Gusmão.

"Let them (FBI and AFP) do their work. When the results are presented by the FBI, we may consider the need to establish an IICI or not … it's conditional," said Mr Guterres. ((DN)

Paixão guarantees Salsinha/Susar surrender: The Operational Commander of F-FDTL and PNTL Joint Operation, Lieutenant Colonel Filomeno Paixão, has guaranteed that Gastão Salsinha will surrender. "If Salsinha and Susar want to submit themselves to the Church, they can do so as the Church also has a moral responsibility to solve the problems," said Commander Paixão on Wednesday (27/2) in the Memorial Hall, Dili. (DN)

Xanana, TMR and Bishop Ricardo discuss Salsinha's case: PM Xanana Gusmão, the F-FDTL Commander Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, and Bishop Ricardo conducted a secret meeting to discuss Salsinha and his group's case. The meeting was held in the residence of Bishop Ricardo on Wednesday (27/2) in Lecidere, Dili. (TP)

NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES: Televizaun Timor-Leste (TVTL) Radio Timor-Leste (RTL) Timor Post (TP) Suara Timor Lorosae (STL) Diario Tempo (DT) Diario Nacional (DN) Semanário Nacional (SN) Tempo Semanal (TS)


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