Five police arrested over E Timor arson attacks
The United Nations says authorities in East Timor have arrested five
national police officers and two civilians over suspected involvement
in arson attacks in the east during anti-government protests.
The national police’s (PNTL) rapid intervention unit arrested seven
people in Watolari and Viqueque at the weekend in connection with the
recent attacks, a statement from the United Nations mission (UNMIT) said.
“Three PNTL officers were arrested on Saturday, and a further four
people – two PNTL officers and two civilians – were arrested on
Sunday,” it said.
All seven have been transferred to East Timor’s second city Baucau
where they will face trial.
Anti-government protests, believed to be stoked by members and
supporters of the former ruling Fretilin party, followed the
establishment last month of the new government by a coalition of
parties that excluded Fretilin.
Fretilin won most of the votes in the June 30 legislative elections
but a coalition of parties that controls a majority of the 65 seats
in parliament was asked to form a government by President Jose Ramos-Horta.