Subject: Timor rights activists deplore court move to uphold presidential
BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
September 8, 2008
Timor rights activists deplore court move to uphold presidential pardons
A group of politicians and human rights advocates in East Timor are
furious at a decision by the Court of Appeal not to accept their
petition against the president's decision to pardon 94 criminals.
Stephanie March reports.
[March, in Dili] The group, led by MP Fernanda Borges, says the decision
by the court not to consider their petition strengthens impunity,
weakens the people's faith in the justice system and undermines the rule
of law. They are questioning whether the decision for the Court of
Appeal to dump the petition highlights flaws in the republic's
constitution and weaknesses in state institutions.
Earlier this year, President Jose Ramos Horta sparked outrage when he
issued pardons for 94 criminals including ex-militia leader Joni Marques
and former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato, who was convicted of arming
civilians in the 2006 crisis.
The UN has also criticized the president's decision, saying it doesn't
Source: Radio Australia, Melbourne, in English 0900 gmt 8 Sep 08
Joyo Indonesia News Service
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