Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 27 May 2008

[Poster's note: Repeats of international articles already sent out to the east-timor list ( have been removed.]


(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

February 11 case: investigators find 6 more suspects – Timor Post

Six rebels who used to deny that they were not involved in the case of February 11 should now accept the results of the new investigation into the incident that will be presented to the court.

The new investigation shows that they were involved in the attacks against President José Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão. The National Investigation Department (NID) identified the six rebels as being directly involved in the incident.

However, the six rebels deny that they were involved in the attacks of February 11, saying that they were only involved in the Fatuahi case on May 23, 2006.

The General Commander of NID, Nuno R. Gomes said that he presented the information yesterday afternoon (26/5) to the Public Ministry as part of the court hearing on the case.

"We did the previous investigation with the Public Ministry based on their statements that they only involved in the Fatuahi case. But the later investigation identified them as being involved in the attempt of February 11," said Mr. Gomes on Monday (26/5).

Fretilin-PUN: No audit report, Govt tries to hide corruption – Timor Post and Diario Nacional

Members of the National Parliament demand that the Government of the Alliance Majority in Parliament (AMP) immediately release an audit report.

The MPs said that the report is very important for them to construct a budget for the implementation of the Government's program.

The Chief bench of the National Unity Party (PUN) Fernanda Borges said that up until now, the National Parliament has not received any audit report of the budget which has been executed.

"We demand that the Government send us the report immediately. We want to know whether the budget has been executed properly or not, and if there is any sign of corruption that has been identified or not," said Ms. Borges.

Former Prime Minister and Fretilin's MP Estanislau da Silva said that if the Government does not provide the audit report to the National Parliament, it signals that the current Government is not transparent and is trying to hide existing cases of corruption.

"This is clearly shows that the Government is not transparent. They say that Fretilin is corrupt, but they are the worst," said Mr. Estanislau.

CNRT MP Aderito Hugo said that every financial report is delivered late to the National Parliament because it has to be annexed with the audit results. The audit report, which was created by international consultants hired by the Government, will also cover the previous government financial report.

Pardon to Rogerio: Minister of Justice still waiting for Horta's decision – >Suara Timor Lorosa'e

Even though Minister of Justice Lucia Lobato has made recommendations to PR Ramos-Horta regarding to the reduction of prisoners' sentences, including former Minister of Interior Rogerio Lobato, no final decision from the president has been received.

"I still not see or receive any report because this is the president's decision. If this is published in the Jornal da Republica, then it will be considered as a law," said Minister Lobato on Monday (26/5) in Vila Verde, Dili.

Minister Lobato recommended to PR Horta a reduction of three months from Rogerio's sentence of 7 and a half years.

IDPs of Jardim Colmera Camp unhappy with payment process – Suara Timor Lorosa'e and Diario Nacional

The IDPs of Jardim Colmera Camp are unhappy with the payment process of the Government's recovery grants because the funds have still not yet been transferred to IDPs through the Authority Payment Bank (BPA).

The Coordinator of Jardim Colmera Camp, Leopoldino Pinto said that all the IDPs in the camp want to return home but until now the Government has not transferred the money to the Bank.

"We are asking the Government not to make promises that are confusing," said Mr. Pinto on Monday (26/5).

Manuel Ximenes, an IDP from Baucau, said the Government has to give the money to the IDPs as they are entitled to it.

"We came here to get our rights. Do not lie to us, we have suffered a lot," said Mr. Ximenes.

CNRT MP Maria de Camara 'Bisoi' asked the Government to immediately improve the living conditions of the IDPs, as she does not want people suffering during the time of independence.

She also suggested the Government create actions that promote peace in society and harmonious relationships in the community on the return of IDPs to their homes.

Pardon to prisoners: Parliament is awaiting the Government's recommendations – Diario Nacional

The Chief bench of the National Unity Party (PUN) Fernanda Borges is demanding that the Government immediately send the recommendation which it gave to President José Ramos-Horta concerning his pardon of the prisoners.

Ms. Borges said that the constitution gives the president the authority to pardon prisoners, but he also has to consider the Government's recommendations.

"What has been said in the recommendation and what justification have they [Government] given regarding the pardons?

It is not enough to say that a pardon is being given to a prisoner because of his/her good attitude and behavior," said Ms. Borges on Monday (26/5)

Ms. Borges is also questioning whether the president's constitutional authority of the president is being used in a thoroughly legal manner.

"President has authority, but he must use it responsibly, not using without any consultation," she added.

Cristo Rei rehabilitation: UNMIT supports US$20,000 – Diario Nacional

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has given US$20,000 to the State Secretary of Environment to rehabilitate Cristo Rei.

The State Secretary of Environment Abílio Lima congratulates the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste Atul Khare and his staff who show their commitment to support the Timor-Leste Government.

Mr. Lima said that the UN Mission in Timor-Leste wants to give their solidarity to Timorese people to protect the country's beautiful environment.

UNMIT Spokesperson Allison Cooper said that the rehabilitation funds are coming from donations from UN staff donation serving in the country.

Ms. Cooper also said that the cleaning up and rehabilitation are the volunteer activities of the UNMIT staff to support the nation.


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