(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)
Salsinha promises to submit himself within April – Diario Nacional
The Deputy Commander of the Joint Operation Command Mateus Fernandes said that Salsinha and his members have promised to submit themselves within this month even though the operation is still continuing. “He did not nominate an exact date, but he did promise that in short time he will submit himself to the church. That is what he said … we will see the reality,” said Commander Fernandes on Wednesday (23/4) in Dili.
Ed: Pardon for Rogerio Lobato– Diario Nacional
When President Ramos-Horta said that he would pardon prisoners on 20 May, including former Minister of Interior Rogerio Tiago Lobato, many people were surprised as Mr. Lobato was imprisoned for a short time before he went to Malaysia for medical treatment.
We know that Mr. Lobato is a political leader who has political maturity, obeys the law and with humility accepted the decision of the court sentence. We may reject the decision of President Ramos-Horta, but the Constitution gives him the right to do so. As citizens of this country, we should bow our heads to the constitution made by our representatives in the National Parliament.
Pardon for Rogerio: Horta attacks the Constitution – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
CNRT MPAderito Hugo said that the decision made by the president to pardon Rogerio Lobato is an attack on Timor Leste’s constitution. “The way that the President has handled this is an attempted attack on our constitution,” said Aderito Hugo on Thursday (24/4) at the National Parliament.
Mr Hugo added that the man imprisoned for his part in the weapons distribution of 2006, Rogerio Lobato, has not yet earned the right to be pardoned.Separately, National Director of Prison, Helena Gomes said that it is right for President Ramos Horta to pardon Rogerio Lobato as he had shown a good attitude and had collaborated with the justice system before receiving a medical treatment in Malaysia.
PR holds a meeting with AMP leaders – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said that PR Ramos-Horta held a meeting with the leaders of AMP Government on Thursday (24/4) at the President’s new office in Farol, Dili. The meeting aimed at informing the President on the strategies already implemented by the AMP government during his absence. President Ramos Horta also suggested the all political parties work to strengthen national unity.
Carrascalao: it is normal to form a shadow cabinet – Suara Timor Lorosa’e
MP PSD Mario Viegas Carrascalão said that its normal if the President invites all former leaders to from a shadow cabinet in the manner of other countries. He added that a shadow cabinet has the right to provide constructive criticism to the Government.
PGR Longuinhos goes to Indonesia to bring back captured rebels – Timor Post
Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro is today (25/4) going to Jakarta to bring back the three rebels arrested by the National Police of Indonesia (POLRI). Prosecutor Longuinhos said that the rebels will be brought back to Timor-Leste before the Prime Minister’s visit to Indonesia. He also said that he would be accompanied by court police and the military. The rebels will be transferred from Jakarta to Bali, then to Timor-Leste.
PR Horta interrogated by Public Ministry for more than four hours – Televisão Timor-Leste
The Public Ministry has interrogated President Ramos-Horta as a victim of February 11 for more than four hours. Prosecutor-General Longuinhos Monteiro said that the interrogation was conducted well and helped clarify the investigation. “Everything went normally. He provided a chronology of events for February 11,” said Mr. Longuinhos on Thursday (24/4). Mr. Longuinhos said that the case is very complex, so it needs cooperation from every part, including from Indonesia and Australia.
Pardon for Rogerio may impact the judgment of 2006 crisis – Timor Post
The Director of HAK Association Jose Luis Oliveira said that the decision of President Ramos-Horta to pardon Rogerio Lobato will impact the process for the unresolved cases of the 2006 crisis. “Because some people have still not been investigated, if the President has decided to pardon Rogerio Lobato this indicates that other cases of 2006 crisis may be closed. The suspects will think this whether they are right or wrong,” said Mr. Oliveira. According to Mr. Oliveira, Rogerio Lobato should at least fulfil his sentence in the prison for half a year. He added that the decision of the President sets a bad example for society.
Ed: all political parties should have dialogue – Timor Post
On Wednesday (23/4), President Ramos-Horta appealed to all political parties to have a dialogue for the sake of peace and stability in the country.
It is clear that there should be a dialogue, especially between the AMP Government and the opposition party of Fretilin.
We can all see that AMP is facing great challenges by Fretilin who won the 2007 elections but lost the opportunity to rule the country.
Fretilin used to claim that the AMP is illegal based on the results of the 2007 elections. At the same time, AMP used to say that they were legal based on the parliamentary chairs they had and the decision of President Horta to form the government.
So who follows who?
We need collaboration and reconciliation from the highest levels. We do not need early elections as proposed by Fretilin
We are still questioning whether the dialogue is for collaboration and reconciliation or to decide on early elections?
Indonesia arrests fourth man linked to East Timor attack- The Earth Times, 24 April
Jakarta - Indonesia has arrested a fourth East Timor rebel believed linked to assassination attempts against the president and prime minister of the fledgling nation, national police chief General Sutanto said Thursday.
General Sutanto, who like many Indonesians goes only by one name, said the four East Timorese nationals were arrested separately near the Indonesia-East Timor border.
"All four were Timor Leste military-men who had entered Indonesia without legal travel documents," the state-run Antara news agency quoted Sutanto as saying, adding that the four were suspected to have involved in the attacks of President Jose Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao in February.
Earlier this week, Indonesian police said they had arrested three people, two in a border town in Indonesia's West Timor and another near Jakarta.
Sutanto said that all four were currently being held in Jakarta but gave no detail on the fourth person, adding that the arrests followed a request from the East Timor government.
Armed men, led by rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, attacked the residence of East Timor's president on February 11, which seriously injured Ramos-Horta.
Prime Minister Gusmao escaped unhurt from an attack on his motorcade a short time later.
Rebel leader Reinado and one of his men were killed in the attack, but a number of other militants remain at large.
Indonesia occupied East Timor for 24 years, and as many as 200,000 civilians died during that period. Jakarta denies committing any atrocities during the occupation and has claimed the violence in 1999 was not organized by its armed forces.
East Timor, a half-island territory that used to be a Portuguese colony, became an independent nation in 2002 after being administered by the UN for more than two years.
Two killed in East Timor gang violence- Reuters, 24 April
DILI, April 24 (Reuters) - Two members of East Timor's rival martial arts gangs were killed on Thursday in another bout of violence that has beset the young, impoverished nation, police said.
One of the victims was decapitated in a revenge attack that followed the killing of a rival gang member in the eastern district of Baucau, said local police detective chief Rogerio Gueterres.
"We are searching for 10 perpetrators who have been identified," Gueterres said.
The former Portuguese colony plunged into chaos in 2006 after the sacking of 600 rebellious soldiers triggered violence that killed 37 people and drove 150,000 from their homes.
Foreign troops had to be brought in to restore order and security has improved, although sporadic violence, vandalism and arson persist, with an unemployment rate of around 50 per cent helping fan a gang culture among bored youths.
Indonesia annexed East Timor in 1975. East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a violence-marred referendum in 1999. It became fully independent in 2002 after a period of U.N. administration. (Reporting by Tito Belo; Writing by Ahmad Pathoni; Editing by Sugita Katyal)
No Indonesian arrested over Ramos Horta's shooting
JAKARTA, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian National Police Chief Gen Sutanto has said no a single Indonesian citizen was arrested and being questioned in connection with the shooting of Timor Leste President Ramos Horta last February, according to Antara news agency on Thursday.
"Not a single Indonesian citizen has been arrested. All the people we are now questioning (in relation with Horta's shooting)are Timor Leste citizens," Antara news agency quoted the military chief as saying.
He said the police were questioning four Timor Leste nationals who were arrested near the Indonesia-Timor Leste border on suspicion of involvement in the attempt on Horta's life in Dili last February. All four were Timor Leste militarymen who had entered Indonesia without the required legal travel documents.
Sutanto said the Timor Leste government had earlier asked for Indonesia's assistance to take action against anybody suspected of involvement in the attempt on Horta's life who had fled to Indonesia.
The police chief expressed hope other members of the network that had perpetrated the attack on Horta could be nabbed.
Sutanto also denied rumors that a Timor Leste-born youth figureresiding in Jakarta was linked with the plot to kill Horta.
"There is no such link," he said.
Previously, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said police arrested three people from Timor Leste, namely Egidio Lay Carvalho, Jose Gomes, and Ismail Sansao Moniz Soares last Friday.
"I need to clarify that the three suspects are all members of the Timor Leste military involved in the unrest and shooting," he said.
Anzac Day to remember for departing East Timor contingent- NZPA, 24 April
Anzac Day will be a memorable one for 11 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel scheduled to depart for East Timor tomorrow for a three month stint.
Drawn mostly from the Air Force's No 3 squadron, the team will fly over in a C-130 Hercules which will also be delivering an Iroquois helicopter to replace another one due to return to New Zealand for servicing.
Those heading over tomorrow will join 19 comrades who have already arrived in East Timor.
The New Zealanders will work alongside the Australian Defence Force air assets and 150 NZDF infantry and military observers, conducting personnel movement, aero medical evacuation and air logistic support.
New Zealand has two helicopters along with 170 personnel in East Timor, including two military liaison officers serving with a United Nations (UN) unit and another two advisors to the East Timor Defence Force.
Over 800 NZDF personnel are now deployed on 16 operations, UN missions and defence exercises around the world.
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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... "