Looks like the Aussies are enjoying themselves, not sure they’re doing much
about making people feel secure – especially if you’re a FRETILIN supporter.
No change from when I was in Timor Leste in 2006 then!
Better for PNTL and UNPOL to Arrest Alfredo
So! That’s what they are doing here! Having concerts and going to the beach?
But more seriously, what “right or power” did they have to mount
operations against IDP camps and shoot dead two Timorese young men
What right or power did they have to mount the operation in Same which
resulted in five dead?
What right did they have to mount checkpoints with search and seize
consequences, prinicpally against FRETILIN convoys, during the
prsidential and parliamentary elections of 2007?
They have no legal right to do any of these things because their
presence is illegal because the bilateral agreement that purports to
allow to remain in Timor-Leste has not been ratified by the National
Their actions are all therefor illegal. Brig Hutcheson seems to be
verifying that now. In fact their soldiers have no immunity because
only parliament can grant such immunities under the constitution, and
the agreement has not been taken to the parliament.
When will someone bring legal action to test this in the Timor-Leste
courts? Why is the current government not keen to bring the agreement
to the parliament for ratification despite even people when their own
AMP group in parliament is saying it would be better to end the
Because they know that bringing it now to the parliament would uncover
the error in Prime Minister Ramos Horta not bringing it before the
parliament and now the Gusmao government compounding the error.
Alkatiri had already resigned in June 2006.
There is another theory, and that is that the only thing that the ISF
are here for is to be a bullwark to any possible coup by the F-FDTL
against this Timor-Leste President and government.
That is highly unlikely because of the discipline and loyalty nthe
F-FDTL command has shwon to the rule of law and the constitution, but
Australia needed to protect its allies Ramos Horta and Gusmao.
But do they still feel the same? This is confirmed by comments by the
former Australian Ambassador, Margaret Twoomey to the UN Security
Council delegation late last year during a meeting with the Dili
diplomatic corps: “We (the ADF/ISF) are here to make sure that
FRETILIN does not do to this government what they did to FRETILIN in
We know now perhaps they are not here just for concerts and the booze
and the beaches. They are here to keep an eye on their traditional
enemy (Falintil) from the time the ADF and the TNI were on the same
side sharing counter guerilla warfare startegies in places like
Cunungra, Queensland, Australia and Solor, Java.
When Koppassus and the SAS together mounted a live round guerrilla
warfare exercise using captured Falintil soldiers like the Falintil
hero Mau Hodu (deceased believed killed by Indonesian army in 1999).
Falintil’s historic legacy is this: they defeated the TNI, and the
TNI’s mentors: The Australian and US Defence establishments.
Memories die hard with old soldiers who mistrust the Falintil. Nothing
has really changed.
Are you up to changing this mindset Mr Rudd?
Better for PNTL and UNPOL to Arrest Alfredo
Jornal Diario Nacional, 31/1/08
The Commander of the International Stabilsation Forces (ISF) John
Hutcheson stated that the ISF does not have the right to arrest
Alfredo and his group, but if the court wants to arrest him it will be
better to send the Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) and UNPOL who
have that function in Timor-Leste to arrest people.
The ISF Commander John Hutcheson said this to journalists following
having participated in a farewell ceremony with the new ISF Commander
James Baker at the ISF General Headquarters, Caicoli, Dili (28/1).
The ISF Commander explained further that it is the police who are able
to undertake the arrest of Alfredo because according to the law in
place it is the police who are able to arrest persons who have
committed crimes, but the military cannot undertake such arrests.
“The relationship between the ISF and the Timor-Leste judiciary are
good. But we do not have the right to capture or arrest anyone,
especially those who commit crimes or other violations,” said the ISF
Regarding the order that the ISF received recently from the court to
capture Major Alfredo, the ISF Commander explained that only the court
will be able to explain to the public the fundamental reason why the
ISF cannot capture Major Alfredo in accordance with the letter sent by
the court to the ISF.
“Regarding our not capturing Alfredo, only the court will be able to
respond to this question,” recounted the ISF Commander.
When asked about the ISF action in Same some time ago, the ISF
Commander explained that it was part of the ISF’s role to guarantee
security to enable the people to go about their activities in peace.