April 22, 2008 - 6:48PM
The rebel leader wanted over attacks on East Timor's top leaders will hand himself in within days because his powerbase is "non-existent", President Jose Ramos Horta said.
Ramos Horta, who was critically injured in the February attacks, said support for Gastao Salsinha had collapsed, and his days on the run were numbered.
He made the comments after telling Australia to quickly provide East Timor with information about a Darwin bank account held by slain rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, or face action at the UN Security Council.
The president is seeking urgent details from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) about how Reinado, slain during the attack on Ramos Horta's home, amassed almost $A1 million in the Australian account.
"I have given a deadline to the AFP, I want this resolved very, very quickly, otherwise I will take the matter to the United Nations Security Council," he told ABC radio.
He also accused Timorese-born Australian Angelita Pires - a joint signatory to the Darwin bank account, who Ramos Horta claims was Reinado's lover - of knowing where the money came from.
"She knows more about who is behind Mr Alfredo Reinado than Mr Salsinha does," he told AAP.
"If anyone wants to know who was supporting Mr Alfredo Reinado in terms of uniforms, communication equipment, money, Angelita Pires knows that."
He said no East Timorese institutions were involved in supporting Reinado, only East Timorese individuals living in East Timor, Australia, and Indonesia.
East Timorese authorities are continuing to hunt 13 rebels led by Salsinha, who took over when Reinado was killed by Ramos Horta's security guards.
Ramos Horta told AAP he had "no regrets" about his decision to negotiate with Reinado about his surrender prior to the February attacks, despite describing the rebel as mentally unstable and a drug user.
The president said he did not think the same problems would arise with Salsinha, whom he described as more "rational" and unwilling to die.
"His power base is non-existent," he said.
"His strength is dwindling with so many people surrendering, and I am confident that in the next few days he will surrender."
The president said a state of emergency, imposed after the attacks, would be lifted on Wednesday in all but the district of Ermera, where the rebels are believed to be hiding.
Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Tuesday urged East Timorese authorities to request access to Reinado's financial records through the proper channels.
"From the middle of March, the relevant Australian authorities have made it clear to East Timor that if they require information for the purposes of their investigations ... all they have to do is follow the well-designated appropriate procedure and that information will be made available to them," he told reporters.
Meanwhile, East Timor's chief prosecutor headed to Indonesia on Tuesday to take custody of three former East Timorese soldiers arrested over the failed assassination bids.
© 2008 AAP
NOTA DE RODAPÉ:
Então mas os investigadores não são australianos?...
quarta-feira, abril 23, 2008
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 00:09
Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!
Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006
"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "