Subject: TIMOR-LESTE NEWS For April 15, 2010

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TIMOR-LESTE NEWS

Local and International Media Monitoring - For April 15, 2010

In this edition

National News’ Headings:

*Lasama calls on Govt’s officials to respect ethic irregularity *PM Gusmão considers Minister da Costa sent him SMS emotionally *Parliament Speaker calls on ombudsmen to carry out its work optimally *PM Gusmão: “Zacarias’ SMS was intimidating, inadmissible, and unacceptable” *Parliament swore -in Ximenes and his two deputies *JSMP considers Public Prosecution’s appeal to Court as the best way *Minister Zacarias da Costa should not blame media: MPs *Australian Govt handed two cars to PNTL *President Horta presented medals to 37 of ISF officers *31 of Personal Security Guard promoted *Da Silva reports PM Gusmão to Parliament *Fretilin calls on Public Prosecution to end the existence Fretilin Movement *MTCI finally admitted that its staff sell rice during nighttimes *Asia Foundation committed to supporting access to justice

National News:

*Lasama calls on Govt’s officials to respect ethic irregularity

*Televizaun Timor-Leste, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Parliamentary Speaker Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo, has called on the Government’s officials to respect ethic of irregularity for avoiding problem in the future.

Lasama made the comment regarding the recent polemic of resignation case through short message service (SMS) by the Timorese Minister for Foreign Affair and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa.

“It is important for the Ministers to respect ethic of hierarchy and they have to know who their top leader is. I am pleased as Minister da Costa has apologized to PM Gusmão about his fault. It is important to PM Gusmão to respond similar case seriously in the future,” Lasama said.

Meanwhile, MPs from Democratic Party (PD), Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) called on the ministers to respect PM Gusmão as their leader in order to avoid the same problem in the future.

*PM Gusmão considers Minister da Costa sent him SMS emotionally

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão has considered that the Timorese Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa has sent him a short message service (SMS) emotionally.

PM Gusmão said that this bad attitude should not be repeated in the future.

The polemic of the Minister da Costa’s resignation had been ended in the meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday.

PM Gusmão said that the Government will firmly maintain structure of the Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP) until its mandate come to end on 2012.

Meanwhile Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister, Zacarias Albano da Costa has recognized that he really sent an SMS to PM Gusmão because he dissatisfied with the invitation made to invite the Timorese foreign ambassador to participate in the Dili International Dialog, but the invitation made was unknown to him.

*Parliament Speaker calls on ombudsmen to carry out its work optimally

*Radio Timor-Leste, April 14, 2010 language source: Tetun

Parliamentary Speaker Fernando “Lasama” de Araujo has called on the newly Timorese Human Right and Justice Ombudsmen (PDHJ) Sebastião Dias Ximenes to carry out his work based on the law and order.

Lasama made the call yesterday during the swear-in ceremony of Ombudsmen in the National Parliament house.

Lasama said that the Parliament will continue supporting Ombudsmen Ximenes and his deputies to undertake their role to manage PDHJ well in the future.

“You have legal experience and therefore you have to make efforts to implement well justice in this young country,” Lasama said.

Meanwhile, Ombudsmen Sebastião Dias Ximenes has said that he will undertake his duty during four years based on the existing law, although there is lack of equipments that could support him in carrying his task.

*PM Gusmão: “Zacarias’ SMS was intimidating, inadmissible, and unacceptable”

*Diário Nacional April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Prime Minister Kayrala Xanana Gusmão has said that the message from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa was too emotional, immature, intimidating, inadmissible, and unacceptable.

Gusmão made the statement during a meeting of Council of Ministers Wednesday in which for the first time Gusmão and Da Costa were face to face in defending their arguments surrounding Da Costa’s message.

However, Minister Da Costa said that the cause of his message was that there was a decision by the Council of Ministers to call Timorese ambassadors outside to attend the event of Timor-Leste’s Development Partners’ Meeting and Dili International Dialogue of fragile states, which was done without his consent and even overruled his own decision.

According to Minister Da Costa, it was a by-pass of his competence as the Minister Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, which directly deal with Timorese diplomats outside around the issue of international diplomacy.

To this argument, Prime Minister said that what Minister Da Costa trying to do was to wash his own hands by blaming others for his own mistakes.

“You made mistake but in the end you said others did it; you made mistakes,” said Gusmão.

Xanana added that by not allowing ambassadors to come to Timor-Leste, Minister Da Costa was boycotting the state in the event of the International Dialogue.

However, Minister Da Costa said that the invitation of ambassadors to come home was only through an order from Prime Minister to Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vicky Tchong, which Da Costa considered as bypassing his competence.

According to Xanana, he ordered Vicky Tchong to do because in a previous message Minister Da Costa said that he was on medical check up in Singapore.

Minister Da Costa also concerned about the involvement of the Secretary of State for Council of Minister Hermengildo ‘Agio’ Pereira who asked him to tender his resignation.

“I talked with my colleagues who are ministers that there was not decision at the Council of Ministers (to ask my resignation) and I think it should not be decided by the Council of Ministers as it is a competence of the Prime Minister,” adding that there was no clear job description between Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Council of Ministers.

Minister Da Costa asked the responsibility of Prime Minister in relation to a situation which he described as ‘intolerable’ when the Prime Minister was silent but allowed others to make statement on his behalf to make the situation murkier.

Minister Da Costa said that there should be clear distinguishable tasks between Prime Minister and Agio Pereira.

Minister Da Costa said that there were irresponsible sources within the office of Prime Minister who blew up the issue in the media, including not letting him into the Palace of the Government.

The Dili International Dialogue itself was organized by Ministry of Finance and Minister Da Costa failed to attend all the sessions due to the polemics.

In the meeting which was open to public, Minister Da Costa did not make any apology to Prime Minister Gusmão.

PM Gusmão said that political disagreement will never benefit the people in general and therefore he will lead the coalition until 2012.

He let Minister Da Costa to resume his works as usual.

*Parliament swore -in Ximenes and his two deputies

*Diário Nacional April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The National Parliament Wednesday swore-in Sebastião Dias Ximenes and his two Deputies Silveiro Baptista Pinto and Rui dos Santos Pereira to be Ombudsmen of Human Rights and Justice.

For Ximenes, the swear-in marked his second term in the office, as well Pinto but for Pereira it will be his first term.

In his speech, Ximenes said that though there are challenges facing the prevedor of human rights and justice, his team have commitment and good will to serve the people of Timor-Leste in the areas of good governance and human rights.

“We will continue our works based on our established plans and programs and we are aware that the challenges ahead are huge but we have commitment and good will to serve the people,” he said.

He said that in his second term, he would focus on institutional capacity building of the PDHJ, capacity building for its staff, including developing relevant programs in the areas of human rights and good governance.

Based on the Law No. 7/2004, the office of Ombudsman of Human Rights and Justice is mandated to monitor, investigate and educate the public in the areas of promotion and protection of human rights and good governance.

Speaker of the National Parliament, Fernando La Sama de Araújo, said that the Parliament supported the works of the office of Ombudsman for Human Rights and Justice to be an independent institution which carries out its works with responsibility and integrity.

La Sama also added the in the future PDHJ can rely on the support of the National Parliament.

“We believe that there is no institution which wants to be successful without support from other institutions, especially state organ institutions,” said La Sama.

MP Fernanda Borges from PUN said that PDHJ should support the National Parliament to improve the law of the ombudsman itself.

With the swear-in ceremony, Pinto is still in charge of deputy of Ombudsman for Human Rights whereas Pereira will be in charge of good governance and corruption.

They will be in the office for four years, which is until 2014.

*JSMP considers Public Prosecution’s appeal to Court as the best way

*Timor Post, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Timorese Judicial System and Monitoring Program (JSMP) Director, Luis de Oliveira, has said that the appeal made by the Public Prosecution to the Appellate Court was the best way to against Dili District Court’s decision on the attempted assassination case against President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão on February 11th.

Oliveira said that trial process for this case had not clear as the perpetrator who shot the ex-rebel leader Alfredo Reinado Alves and his man Leopoldinho Mendonça and the actor who shot President Horta were not yet to discover or identify.

“Based on our observation that trial process for the attempted assassination case against President Horta and PM Gusmão had not conducted well as the perpetrators who shot Reinado and Mendonça including the one who shot president had not discover yet,” Oliveira said.

Oliveira added that JSMP totally disagree with the President Horta’s plan to give pardon to Salsinha and his men, because their case is still in the process although the court had decided to sentence them to be imprisoned 8-16 years.

“We totally disagree with the President’s initiative or plan to give pardon to Salsinha and his men because their case are still in the process,” Oliveira said.

Public Prosecution had made appeal to the Appellate Court on last March 18th with the number 79/C.Ord/TTD/2009.

*Minister Zacarias da Costa should not blame media: MPs

*Timor Post, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Aderito Hugo da Costa from the National Congress for the Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Zacarias Albano da Costa not to blame the media in the publication of his fault.

MP da Costa said that the post assumed by Minister da Costa is a political appointment and therefore all people have right to know what had really happened.

“The post of Minister da Costa is public post and therefore the media has right to publish any case related to this post so that people can know what has really happen,” MP da Costa said.

Meanwhile, MP Fernanda Borges from the National Unity Party (PUN), has said that media has freedom to publish whatever case to the public.

“It is not necessary to blame media as its task is to publicize or spread information to the public,” MP Borges said.

At the same time MP Aniceto Guterres also said that no need for Minister da Costa to blame media as what was publicized by the media was the result of what he said.

However, MP Vidal “Riak Leman” de Jesus from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) has called on the media to undertake their work independently.

*Australian Govt handed two cars to PNTL

*Timor Post, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

The Australian Government through the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) has handed over two Land Curser cars to the Timorese National Police (PNTL) in order to support PNTL’s work in criminal investigation.

The Timorese Police Commander Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro has said that adequacy of facility is really need to support the PNTL’s work.

Commissioner Monteiro said that the cars offered was a part of TLPDP support packet to the PNTL, particularly to the National Vulnerable Person Unit (NVPU).

“The two cars offered by the Australian Government through TLPDPD is a package support to the NVPU. The cars will be used to give assistance to the victims,” Monteiro said.

Monteiro added that people had many times criticized the national police officer that the police officers had not undertake their work professionally, but this was because inadequacy of facilities that can support the police officers to carry out their task in the field.

*President Horta presented medals to 37 of ISF officers

*Timor Post, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

President Jose Ramos Horta presented medals to 37 offices of the International Stabilization Force (ISF) of the United Nations.

President Horta also thanked the present of the ISF force in the country to ensure security in Timor-Leste.

“I thank the presence of the International Stabilization Force (ISF) in the country in ensuring the country’s security. These medals are the solidarity medals of the Timorese Government to the ISF members who have contributed to the maintenance of peace and security in the country,” President Horta said.

The ceremony of medal presentation was also attended by other dignitaries, including the United Nations Secretary General Special Representative to Timor-Leste Ameerah Haq.

*31 of Personal Security Guard promoted

*Timor Post, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

31 officers of the Personal Security Guard (CSP) of the Timorese National Police were promoted and had their new ranks Wednesday.

The CSP Commander, Assistance Superintendent Equidos Belo, has said that that was the continuation of pinning of ranks to various departments within the PNTL.

“This ceremony is the continuation of pining rank by the national police to other departments of the PNTL and today 31 officers of the CSP are officially received new rank from the PNTL commander, Commissioner Longuinhos Monteiro,” Belo said.

Belo added that all the CSP members, particularly to those officers who had received new rank have right to use that rank when they are in duty.

*Da Silva reports PM Gusmão to Parliament

*Suara Timor Lorosa’e, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Former Vqueque District Police Commander, Abilio da Silva has reported Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, who is also the Minister for Security and Defence, to the Parliament, because PM Gusmão fired him from his post and an officer of the Timorese National Police (PNTL).

Da Silva dissatisfied with PM Gusmão’s decision to fire him and therefore he made claim to Parliament to find the truth.

“I have ever been suspended during one year due to domestic violence and I have fulfilled it, but I was surprised when I got demission letter,” da Silva said.

Da Silva said that no matter for him to be demitted as an officer of the National Police if he against the state or government, but it seemed senseless if he was demitted due to the domestic violence he committed.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Committee B for Defense and Security President Duarte Nunes has promised that he will discus this case with the Committee B members to seek for solution to resolve this case as soon as possible.

*Fretilin calls on Public Prosecution to end the existence Fretilin Movement

*Timor Post, April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

MP Estanislau da Silva from Fretilin has called on the Public Prosecution to end the existence of the Fretilin Movement in the county because he considers Fretilin Movement as an illegal political group.

“Based on the law that they are not allowed to use Fretilin attributes as they are not the members of Fretilin anymore,” da Silva said.

He hopped that the Public Prosecution to speed up the process to disband this illegal group as soon as possible.

“We hoped that Public Prosecution can accelerate the process to end Fretilin Movement in the country as soon as possible,” da Silva said.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Election (CNE) President, Faustino Cardoso, has said that CNE has no power to end Fretilin Movement in the country as it is the competence of the Public Prosecution to do so.

“Only Public Prosecution has the power to make decision on this case. CNE has reported to Public Prosecution about this case and they will make decision after a proper investigation of the case,” Cardoso said.

Cardoso also considered Fretilin Movement is illegal group as they had not registered both at the court and CNE.

*MTCI finally admitted that its staff sell rice during nighttimes

*Diário Nacional April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Inspector General for the Food Security and Economy of the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry, Florentina Smith, has stated Wednesday that the staff of the Ministry involved in selling the government subsidized rice to the public during nighttimes because of poor distribution systems in place.

“To date we cannot detect however we are working together with the police to detect due to shortage of human resources,” said Smith.

She said that in the future she would work hard to make changes in her department to make effective distribution system.

“We are committed to improving the system so that it can benefit everyone, especially those who don’t have purchase capacity,” said Smith.

She added that the ministry is now investigating companies who sell the subsidized rice in order to know the staff o the Ministry who are involved in selling the rice illegally.

Hosório Correia, Storeroom Manager of the MTCI said that there are rotten rice in the storeroom due to bad management of the Ministry.

“It is true that there is rotten rice in the storage which is caused by leaked sacks and rain and that sacs of rice are stock-piled only on the floor,” said Correia.

In relation to rotten rice bought by the people, he admitted that it was drivers who wanted to take it with them but it was not intended to be sold.

“We don’t have any plan to sell rotten rice to the population and the Ministry is not responsible for the rotten rice in the hands of the population,” he said.

The ministry recently decided to distribute rice to existing community structures but at the same it also sells the rice to private companies.

*Asia Foundation committed to supporting access to justice

*Diário Nacional April 15, 2010 language source: Tetun

Country Representative of the Asian Foundation Timor-Leste, Silas Everett, has said that the Asia Foundation is committed to supporting judiciary systems in the country, especially access for justice by vulnerable groups in Timor-Leste.

“We do have commitment to providing support to judiciary systems in Timor-Leste through the program of Access to Justice so that vulnerable groups who have difficulties in getting access to justice have opportunity to have it,” he said.

For the program of Access to Justice the Asian Foundation have allocated US$4.7 million for the period of three years from 2009 ­ 2011.

The budget is allocated to the local partners of the Asia Foundation such as Liberta legal aid, FFSO in Oecusse, ECM in Baucau, including for the JSMP for monitoring of civil and criminal cases.

Timótio de Deus, a senior law program said that the objective of the support is to help providing free legal assistance to vulnerable groups who are financially unable to pay lawyers in order to ensure access to justice for all.


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