Subject: East Timor press Headlines/27April2001

Bahasa Indonesia Headlines ­ Friday 27 April 2001

1. Nabbed, the muggers of Xanana’s wife 
2. Criminal acts have to be condemned 
3. David Ximenes: Criminals are terrorists

1. Nabbed, the Muggers of Xanana’s Wife (Suara Timor Lorosae, Front Page headline)

Civpol, working together with the Timor Lorosae Police Force, have arrested several people who are strongly suspected to be involved in the stabbing and robbing of Kirsty Sword Gusmao, the wife of CNRT President Xanana Gusmao.

Also arrested were people suspected of stabbing Australian activist Elaine, who was in East Timor teaching English to student groups.

“The time difference between the two incidents was not great. Police have arrested several people in connection with the incidents and we are carrying out our investigations. When we have completed our investigations, we will inform the press,” said Luis Carillho, the Civpol spokesperson, yesterday.

According to Carillho the people were arrested not at the crime scenes but were picked up in other areas.

“They will not be able to get away from our team which is fully professional and very well-equipped to deal with all kinds of crime," said Carillho.

The CivPol spokesperson said the people who committed the stabbing and the robbery were lazy people who wanted to get rich quick.

“They refuse to find jobs and are reluctant to work hard. They are amateur criminals, not professional ones,” added Carillho.

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2. Criminal Acts Have To Be Condemned (Suara Timor Lorosae, Front Page second lead)

The criminal acts against Kirsty Sword Gusmao ­ the wife of CNRT President Xanana Gusmao ­ and an Australian activist must be condemned by the Timorese people.

The Assistant Dean of the Technology Faculty of the National University of Timor Lorosae, Victor da Conceicao Soares, said this yesterday.

He told the STL that this was a sign that organized crime was rearing its ugly head vin the country. But he said there were no political motives behind the criminal acts and all that was sought after was money and jewelry.

The deputy dean said in order to fight criminal cases such as these, more jobs need to be created for young people.

He said there was too much cash circulating in the capital Dili so much so that the pursuit of money, by whatever means, has become an obsession for many young people.

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3. David Ximenes: Criminals Are Terrorists (Suara Timor Lorosae, Front Page third lead)

The Head of CNRT Security David Dias Ximenes warned yesterday that criminals could scare away foreign investors from the country.

David Ximenes likened these criminals to terrorists.

“They don’t want to help develop the country, they are not ultranationalists so it can be concluded they are terrorists ­ economic terrorists, political terrorists,” he told STL.

Because of that, he advised the Timorese people to closely observe this group of people.

“Just observe them closely and if you know they up to no good, inform the authorities,” said David Ximenes.

The CNRT Security Chief said these people did not have any political motives.

“They are not political people. Rather they are just frustrated, bored young people who are resorting to crime to keep themselves occupied,” said David Ximenes.

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