Monthly Archives: May 2008

Fretilin-PUN: unhappy with NP plan to buy 65 cars for MPs

Timor Post

MPs from PUN and Fretilin have reacted strongly to the plan of the National Parliament to buy new 65 cars [Toyota Prado] for the 65 MPs in parliament. According to PUN-Fretilin, saying it is unconscionable to proceed with this plan while the people are suffering.

MP Fretilin Aniceto Guterres said that initially Fretilin did not accept the plan of buying cars for the MPs as people are starving due to the food crisis.

“I concur that the parliament need cars to carry out assessments and other duties, but not cars for every MP,” lamented Mr. Guterres.

PUN MP Fernanda Borges said that her party is in the parliament to represent people and she is happy with US$10 per diem [per day. There is no need for cars as the cars are so expensive and will put too much strain on the State budget.

“For me this is a serious step to take for the State. If the cars are bought for the current MPs, then the next MPs will also need cars, as we do now,” questioned Ms. Borges.

The Vice President of the National Parliament Maria Paixão said that the cars will be bought to facilitate the work of the MPs and may be sold at a lower price.

ASDT withdraw from AMP

Timor Post, Suara Timor Lorosa’e, Diario Nacional, Radio Timor-Leste and Televisaun Timor-Leste

The Social Democratic Association of Timorese (ASDT) decided to withdraw form the Alliance of Majority in Parliament (AMP) on Tuesday (27/5), saying that the party’s has not yet received any response from Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão on its demands.

ASDT President Francisco Xavier do Amaral stated that ASDT is no longer a part of AMP. Any difficulties people face can be directly addressed to CNRT, PD and PSD.

Earlier ASDT had proposed to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to remove the Minister of Commerce and Tourism Gil da Costa Alves and the State Secretary of Environment Abilio Lima from their positions. ASDT is also asking the Prime Minister to place ASDT members as much as possible in the role of ambassador, district and sub-district administrators in areas where the party received the majority of more votes during parliamentary elections.

“Up until now we have no response from the Prime Minister. Such political dynamics may have a strong impact on the economic crisis in the country and people will lose their confidence in the AMP,” said ASDT President Xavier do Amaral on Tuesday (27/5) in Lecidere, Dili.

Mr. Xavier said that people’s lives were getting more difficult as the large state budget approved by the National Parliament has not yet reached the people.

“Starting from today (27/5), we declare directly to the people that everything that is going wrong is the fault of AMP fault. Just ask CNRT, PD and PSD. ASDT has no responsibility anymore for decisions made by the AMP Government,” he said.

ASDT President Xavier do Amaral also said that he is still concerned with some of his members’ statements that they want to be independent MPs in the parliament.

“I (Xavier) ask them (ASDT members) to respect to the votes of ASDT supporters when they make decisions. The members in the parliament have rights and in a democracy can do it. But they were not voted in by the parliament/government. They were chosen by the ASDT supporters to take a seat in parliament, so they have to follow ASDT. They are free to discuss anything but we [ASDT] do not regard them as ASDT members and their statements are not considered as representing the party,” said Xavier.

Another ASDT member of the NP, João Manuel Carascalão said the as an MP will continue to support the AMP Government.

“As an MP, I have a moral conscience and a big responsibility to serve the community and state, not only the party.

In parliament, we are the representatives of the community, not only the representative of the party,” said Mr. Carrascalão.

With other ASDT MPs, Mr. Carrascalão said that they are not concerned about ASDT’s decision concerning them.

The petitioners’ position: AMP-Fretilin recommend civilian life

Timor Post and Diario Nacional

The AMP and Fretilin bench in the National Parliament recommend that the petitioners return to civilian life as they had left the military when they deserted F-FDTL.

PSD Member of Parliament Riak Leman said that the petitioners do not deserve to return to the F-FDTL. He said that the petitioners were involved in two situations: First, from the military’s point of view they are deserters as they by abandoned their barracks. Second, the petitioners’ case, which was pending for some time, was destroyed when Salsinha and Alfredo attacked PR Ramos-Horta and PM Xanana on 11 February.

“They should have resolved their problem by the time the abandoned the HQ. Why didn’t they want to resolve their problem, instead abandoning their HQ? So, some of their friends who did not follow them will not be happy to see them again. Therefore I have reminded the petitioners’ leader former Major Tara to think ten times if they want to return to military,” he said.

PSD President Mario Viegas Carrascalão said that the credibility of F-FDTL will be damaged if it decides to accept the petitioners’ return.

The Fretilin chief of bench in the National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres said that previously his party suggested that, based upon their decision to leave F-FDTL and the ensuing 2006 crisis, the petitioners should return to civilian life.

UNDERTIM: only force could lead to an early election – Timor Post

UNDERTIM Vice President Faustino de Jesus-Renan Selak said that only force could lead to early elections but this would be suicide.

Renan Selak said that the early election might take place if the Government failed twice in passing its programs in the National Parliament.

“If the opposition has the power to lobby other parties to vote against Government’s programs [in the National Parliament], the early elections will be realized,” said Mr. Selak in the National Parliament.

He said that his party is joining with AMP to block Fretilin’s attempt to force early elections and save AMP and its programs.

East Timor to Diversify 40% of Wealth Fund Away From Treasuries

By Liza Lin

May 26 (Bloomberg) — East Timor is seeking to revise laws to allow
the government to invest as much as 40 percent of its $3 billion
petroleum fund outside of U.S. Treasuries, mirroring efforts by
sovereign wealth funds in Norway, Singapore and Kuwait.

Southeast Asia’s newest nation plans to diversify its investments
into higher-yielding assets such as European bonds, said
Jose
Ramos-Horta, the country’s president. East Timor, which expects the
state fund to reach $3 billion by year-end, gets the bulk of its
revenue from the oil and gas industry. Almost all the fund is
invested in U.S. Treasuries, he said.

“We are looking into reversing the current arrangement whereby the
government can diversify only 10 percent” of the fund, Ramos-Horta
said today in an interview in Singapore. The country would “at least
do what the Norwegians are doing now, which is 40 percent in
diversifying, 60 percent in
U.S. Treasuries.”

East Timor is seeking higher-yielding assets as the U.S. dollar fell
against major global currencies, boosting the price of imports such
as food, with the country’s farmers providing only a third of the
rice it needs. The Japanese yen rose 8.5 percent against the dollar
this year, and the euro gained 7.1 percent, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The yield
on German two-year bonds has widened to 1.78 percentage points more
than U.S. Treasuries of the same maturity, Bloomberg data shows. The
yields were the same in October.

The number of sovereign wealth funds has surged as Asian nations and
oil exporters in the Middle East seek greater returns on their
currency reserves by investing in companies. Morgan Stanley estimates
the funds’ assets may increase fourfold to $12 trillion by 2015.

`Urgently Diversify’

Some funds have also been hit by the credit crunch that battered
financial markets. The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, the world’s
second largest, suffered the worst quarter since it was established
in 1998. Investments in the fund, known as The Government Pension
Fund – Global, dropped 5.6 percent in value in the first quarter,
erasing a 4.3 percent return last year, the central bank said on May 23.

Ramos-Horta, the 1996 co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, favors
hiring two or three fund managers to manage the East Timorese fund,
reviewing their performance every six months, he said in a Bloomberg
Television interview.

“We have to urgently diversify our investments,” he said.

The country will also use state funds to start a “development bank”
next year to boost industries such as agriculture, livestock, and
fisheries by giving small enterprises access to finance, he added. An
independent bank would be set up with about $100 million of capital
to offer loans with interest rates of 7 percent to 8 percent, or half
of what local banks now charge.

East Timor which became independent in 2002, voted to end Indonesia’s
occupation in a 1999 referendum. A former Portuguese colony, the
island borders part of Indonesia, and is about 500 kilometers (310
miles) north of Australia.

To contact the reporters on this story:
Liza
Lin in Singapore at Llin15@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: May 26, 2008 02:38 EDT

Australia co-operating with Timor

May 26, 2008 4:32 PM

AAP

Australia is providing all possible assistance to East Timorese
authorities investigating rebel attacks on the nation’s leaders, a
Senate committee has been told.

East Timor’s president Jose Ramos-Horta, badly wounded in the
February attacks, has criticised Australian Federal Police (AFP) for
not fully co-operating with his country’s inquiry.

At issue is the Darwin bank account of rebel leader Alfredo Reinado,
killed by troops after his attack, a large number of calls he made to
Australia and claims that some individuals fled to Australia
following the attacks on Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao
on February 11.

AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty declined to tell the Senate’s legal and
constitutional affairs committee whether police had investigated the
bank account, saying it was an operational matter.

Neither could he comment on suggestions that some individuals had
fled to Australia following the assassination attempts.

“Suffice to say that we are giving the East Timorese authorities, the
Prosecutor-General and the East Timorese police and the UN our
fullest co-operation and assistance where we can,” he said.

Reinado’s Darwin account, held jointly with Australian woman Angelita
Pires, reportedly contains more than $800,000.

Keelty said he had not spoken to Dr Ramos-Horta about the issue.

The AFP had provided substantial assistance to the president in terms
of his own close personal protection while he was hospitalised in Australia.

“As far as I am aware the relationship between the AFP and President
Ramos-Horta is a very positive one,” he said.

“We are providing resources to the United Nations mission in East Timor.

“Prior to the shooting, in December last year, I had very positive
discussions with President Ramos-Horta about development of the
police in (East Timor) and that is now going to occur through the
budget announcements.”

US Dollar goes down the pan

East Timor to Diversify 40% of Wealth Fund Away From Treasuries

By Liza Lin

May 26 (Bloomberg) — East Timor is seeking to revise laws to allow the government to invest as much as 40 percent of its $3 billion petroleum fund outside of U.S. Treasuries, mirroring efforts by sovereign wealth funds in Norway, Singapore and Kuwait.

Southeast Asia’s newest nation plans to diversify its investments into higher-yielding assets such as European bonds, said Jose Ramos-Horta, the country’s president. East Timor, which expects the state fund to reach $3 billion by year-end, gets the bulk of its revenue from the oil and gas industry. Almost all the fund is invested in U.S. Treasuries, he said.

“We are looking into reversing the current arrangement whereby the government can diversify only 10 percent” of the fund, Ramos-Horta said today in an interview in Singapore. The country would “at least do what the Norwegians are doing now, which is 40 percent in diversifying, 60 percent in U.S. Treasuries.”

East Timor is seeking higher-yielding assets as the U.S. dollar fell against major global currencies, boosting the price of imports such as food, with the country’s farmers providing only a third of the rice it needs. The Japanese yen rose 8.5 percent against the dollar this year, and the euro gained 7.1 percent, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The yield on German two-year bonds has widened to 1.78 percentage points more than U.S. Treasuries of the same maturity, Bloomberg data shows. The yields were the same in October.

The number of sovereign wealth funds has surged as Asian nations and oil exporters in the Middle East seek greater returns on their currency reserves by investing in companies. Morgan Stanley estimates the funds’ assets may increase fourfold to $12 trillion by 2015.

`Urgently Diversify’

Some funds have also been hit by the credit crunch that battered financial markets. The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, the world’s second largest, suffered the worst quarter since it was established in 1998. Investments in the fund, known as The Government Pension Fund – Global, dropped 5.6 percent in value in the first quarter, erasing a 4.3 percent return last year, the central bank said on May 23.

Ramos-Horta, the 1996 co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, favors hiring two or three fund managers to manage the East Timorese fund, reviewing their performance every six months, he said in a Bloomberg Television interview.

“We have to urgently diversify our investments,” he said.

The country will also use state funds to start a “development bank” next year to boost industries such as agriculture, livestock, and fisheries by giving small enterprises access to finance, he added. An independent bank would be set up with about $100 million of capital to offer loans with interest rates of 7 percent to 8 percent, or half of what local banks now charge.

East Timor which became independent in 2002, voted to end Indonesia’s occupation in a 1999 referendum. A former Portuguese colony, the island borders part of Indonesia, and is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Australia.

To contact the reporters on this story: Liza Lin in Singapore at Llin15@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: May 26, 2008 02:38 EDT

Horta’s economic naivety

ABC

Ramos Horta calls for Timor to be tax free

Updated 1 hour 49 minutes ago

East Timor’s President has again declared his desire to see the fledgling nation become a tax-free state. But Jose Ramos Horta is now saying he would like to see it happen before the end of the year.

Presenter: Stephanie March
Speakers: Joao Gonsalves, East Timor’s Minister for Economy and Development; Jose Teixeira, Fretilin opposition MP; Richard Krever, Director of Taxation Law and Policy Research Institute at Monash University.

MARCH: Move over Vanuatu and Macau, if East Timor’s President has his way, the tiny south East Asian nation could become the worlds newest tax haven.

Jose Ramos Horta says he would like to see the country almost totally tax free by the end of the year, in a bid to attract more foreign investors.

But the Minister for Economy and Development, Joao Gonsalves, thinks otherwise.

GONSALVES: This is one of the options that Timor Leste can consider in the future but at this stage I dont think it is right time for us to adopt this sort of policy.

MARCH: Even the opposition agrees with the Minister.

Fretilin opposition MP Jose Teixeira

TEIXEIRA: I think that is, with all due respect to the President, a wild proposition.

MARCH: East Timor’s parliament is currently debating a taxation review law that would see company revenue tax reduced from 30 to 10 percent, and customs and excise tax cut from 12 to 5 percent.

Along with improving infrastructure, Minister Gonsalves hopes these tax cuts that will be enough to encourage foreign investors into the country

GONSALVES: That may attract big investment into the country and one that I can mention to you is the tourism sector, you know it is probably our biggest potential even bigger than resources because it is one that will stay for ever and the resources, as you said, and very well, they will finish one day.

MARCH: He also hopes the legislation will reduce tax evasion.

GONSALVES: Companies you know, once you have an acceptable tax, ten percent instead of 30, I don’t think they will like to run the risk of trying to avoid paying taxes. While this may happen now because of the the high tax and people certainly try to avoid declaring all their earnings and things like that.

MARCH: But taxation specialist Richard Krever from Monash University says the tax cuts are unlikely to have a great impact on East Timor’s ability to attract investors.

KREVER: Tax rates do matter, but they don’t matter very much compared to other things. That is, if you ask international investors what affects their investments they sort of run through 15 to 20 things, and about half way down at about 12 or 15 on a lot of the lists, is tax.

MARCH: If it’s not tax cuts international investors are after, what do they want?

KREVER: The first thing they look for is labour costs for most manufacturing, for service industries its an educated workforce speaking the language that the investor works in, then they look for infrastructure.

MARCH: And according to Richard Krever when it comes to tourism, you’ve either got it, or you don’t.

KREVER: Tourism is another one of these investments that tend to be location specific if you happen to have the Great Barrier Reef and Ayres Rock people will go there – we know with Ayres rock forget about taxes, its awfully expensive to get there, it’s awfully far to get there and because it is isolated and expensive hotels are expensive and food is expensive, [but] people go there. People go there because it is a natural wonder.

MARCH: He says that tourism operators themselves are also unlikely to be enticed by tax breaks.

KREVER: Tourist operators – the people who run the hotels and the services there, taxes can affect their decision to invest or not to invest marginally. But only marginally because if people are going to come any ways, taxes can be passed on to the customers so that tends not to be a big factor.

PRESIDENTIAL PARDON of 20 of May

Presidential decree N º 53/2008 of 19 of May

The day of 20 May commemorates in the heart of the Timorese people, the collective dream of independence transformed into reality.

It represents the victory suffered most, but what’s more beautiful in our soul, the unshakeable belief in the essence of human beings as a reflection of divine creation, which carries with it the good and even if it goes astray, because he always has the virtue to repent and the gift of returning to search for his true path.

Believing in the human person, keeping hope lit despite events, determined to cultivate mercy and tolerance, so we extend our hand to help the next person to arise after he has fallen in his dignity.

In recognition of the deepest values of our ancestors, the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, exercising his exclusive competence and, pursuant to Article 85, paragraph i) of the Constitution determines:

Article 1

1. Full pardon will be granted to those sentenced to have their liberty deprived for less than five years, who by May 20, 2008 have completed one quarter of the sentence.

2. Grant will be partial pardon of half of the sentence:

a) Those sentenced to prison for not more than eight years, who by May 20, 2008 have completed one quarter of the sentence and when the criterion of number 1 does not apply.

b) Those sentenced to deprivation of liberty who by May 20, 2008 have completed, continuously, eight years of the sentence.

3. Grant will pardon part of a third of their sentence to those sentenced to prison for not more than eight years to whom the criteria of paragraphs 1 and 2 do not apply.

4. Grant will be partial pardon of two years of the sentence for those sentenced to more than eight years who are not covered by paragraph b number 2.
Article 2

The granting of clemency is dependent on good prison behavior.

Article 3

The penalty for nonpayment of fines, combined with deprivation of liberty, does not preclude the granting of pardon.

Article 4

1. The prisoners whose names are broken down in Annexes I, II, III, IV and V are pardoned.

2. The annexes referred to above are an integral part of this law.

Presidency of the Republic, 19 of May of 2008.
It is published.
The President of the Republic
Jose Ramos-Horta
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Decreto Presidencial N° 53/2008 de 19 de Maio
INDULTO PRESIDENCIAL
de 20 de Maio

O dia 20 de Maio comemora no coração dos timorenses o sonho colectivo de independência transformado em realidade.
Representa a vitória mais sofrida, mas também o que há de mais belo na nossa alma, a crença inabalável na essência do ser humano enquanto reflexo da criação divina, que transporta consigo o Bem e que mesmo quando dele se desvia, a ele sempre torna porque tem o condão de se arrepender e o dom de .se transformar na busca do seu caminho verdadeiro.

Acreditar na pessoa humana, manter acesa a esperança apesar das vissicitudes, determinam que cultivemos a clemência, a tolerância e que saibamos estender a mão ao próximo para o ajudar a erguer-se quando caiu na sua dignidade.

Em reconhecimento aos valores mais profundos dos nossos ancestrais, o Presidente da República Democrática de Timor-Leste no exercício da sua competência exclusiva e, ao abrigo do disposto no artigo 85°, alínea i), Constituição determina:

Artigo 1°

1. Conceder-se-á indulto total da pena ao condenado a pena privativa de liberdade, não superior a 5 (cinco) anos, que até 20 de Maio de 2008 tenha cumprido um quarto da pena.

2. Conceder-se-á indulto parcial de metade da pena:

a) Ao condenado a pena privativa de liberdade não superior a 8 (oito) anos, que até 20 de Maio de 2008 tenha cumprido um quarto da pena e cujos critérios do número 1 não se aplicam.

b) Ao condenado a pena privativa de liberdade que até 20 de Maio de 2008 tenha cumprido, ininterruptamente, 8 (oito) anos da pena.

3. Conceder-se-á indulto parcial de um terço da pena aos demais condenados a pena privativa de liberdade não superior a 8 (oito) anos cujos critérios dos números 1 (um) e 2 (dois) não se aplicam.

4. Conceder-se-á indulto parcial de 2 (dois) anos da pena aos condenados a pena privativa de liberdade superior a 8 (oito) anos que. não se encontram abrangidos pela alínea “b” do número 2 (dois).
Artigo 2°

A concessão do indulto fica dependente do bom comportamento prisional.

Artigo 3°

O não pagamento da pena de multa, cumulada com pena privativa de liberdade, não impede a concessão do indulto.

Artigo 4°

1. Os presos cujos nomes se encontram discriminados nos anexos I, II, III, IV e V são indultados.

2. Os anexos referidos no número anterior fazem parte integrante do presente diploma.

Presidência da República, 19 de Maio de 2008.
Publique-se.
O Presidente da República
José Ramos-Horta
ANEXO I

Lista Nominal dos Presos que Cumprem os Requisitos do Número 1, Artigo 1° do Decreto Presidencial N° 53/2008 de 19 de Maio de 2008
N° Nome N° do Processo
01 Alarico Mau Buti 10/Pen/06/TD.Suai
02 Damiao da Costa Gomes 28/C.Ord/2007
03 Domingos Xavier 47/CRM.C/07/CD.Bcu
04 Eduardo Ricardo 78/CRM.S/2007/TD.Bcu
05 Eugenio Alves 09/C.Ord/2007/TDD
06 Euzebio Freitas de Jesus 53/CRM.C/07/TD.Bcu
07 José Manuel Pires P. Lopes 211/C.Ord/TDD/07
08 Julio Fernandes 73/C.Ord/TDD/2007
09 Paulo Salvador de Freitas 53/CRM.C/07/TD.Bcu
10 Sebastião Suai 42/06/TD.Oe-Cusse

ANEXO II
Lista Nominal dos Presos que Cumprem os Requisitos da alínea “a”, Número 2, Artigo 1° do Decreto Presidencial N° 53/2008 de 19 de Maio de 2008

N° Nome N° do Processo
01 Adelino da Costa 25/C.Ord/2005/TD.Dil
02 Amancio Freitas 38/CRM.C/2005/TD.Bcu
03 Francisco Fraga 38/CRM.C/2005/TD.Bcu
04 Guilhermino Mau Buti 10/Pen/06/TD.Suai
05 José Maria Correia 35/Pid.S/2005/PD.Bcu
06 Mateus Lao Aka Ena Pato 10/C.G./03
07 Rogerio Tiago de F. Lobato 82/C.Ord/06/TDD
08 Tarcísio Cono 42/06/TD.Oe-Cusse

ANEXO III
Lista Nominal dos Presos que Cumprem os Requisitos da alínea “b”, Número 2, Artigo 1° do Decreto Presidencial N° 53/2008 de 19 de Maio de 2008

N° Nome N° do Processo
01 Gonsalos dos Santos 09/PID.C.G./2000/TDD
02 João da Costa (Lemorai) 09/PID.C.G./2000/TDD
03 Joni Marques 09/PID.C.G./2000/TDD
04 Paulo da Costa 09/PID.C.G./2000/TDD

ANEXO IV
Lista Nominal dos Presos que Cumprem os Requisitos do Número 3, Artigo 1° do Decreto Presidencial N° 53/2008 de 19 de Maio de 2008

N° Nome N° do Processo
01 Albano Maia 96/C.Ord/06/TDD
02 Ana Tresa da Silva 27/CRM.C/07/TD.Baucau
03 Andre da Costa 57.A/CRM.C/2007/TD.Bcu
04 Alfredo Gonçalves 19/CRM.C/2006/TD.Bcu
05 Antonio Fernandes 40/CRMS/07/TD.Bcu
06 Antonio Gomes da Cruz 64/CRM.C/06/TD.Bcu
07 Antonio Ximenes 40/CRMS/07/TD.Bcu
08 Carlos Lopes Rodrigues 34/Pen/07/TD.Suai
09 Carolino da Costa 51/CJ07/TDB
10 Dinis Marçal 59/C.Ord/07
11 Domingos Soares 40/CRMS/2007/TD.Bcu
12 Francelino Joaquim de Araujo 175/C.Ord/TDD/2007
13 Francisco Lemos 54/C.Ord/07/TD.Dili
14 Jaime Joanito da Silva 220/C.Ord/TDD/2007
15 João Ramos 40/CRMS/07/TD.Bcu
16 Joel Nuno Mendonça 10/C.Ord/2007/TDD
17 Johanes Elo 01/P.C.O/I/06/TD. Oe-Cusse
18 Julio Monteiro Mendes 35/CRM.C/06/TD.Bcu
19 Mario de Araujo Carvalho 98/C.Ord/TDD/2006
20 Mario Martins 202/C.Ord/TDD/2007
21 Mateus da Silva 68/CRM.C/2007/TD.Bcu
22 Mateus Gama 16/CRM.C/2006/TD.Bcu
23 Miguel Lopes . 74/CRM.C/2006/TD.Bcu
24 Rosario Martins 216/C.Ord/O7/TDD
25 Sebastião Sarmento G. 26/C.Ord/2007/TDD
26 Soares Pereira Menezes 88/C.Ord/TDD/2008
27 Umar Sidin 12/C.Ord/2007/TDD

ANEXO V
Lista Nominal dos Presos que Cumprem os Requisitos do Número 4, Artigo 1° do Decreto Presidencial N° 53/2008 de 19 de Maio de 2008

N° Nome N° do Processo
01 Agostinho Ulan 43/PCO/VI/2006/TD. Oe-Cusse
02 Alexandre da Silva 10/Pid.B/III/2004/ TD. Oe-Cusse
03 Amancio Vieira 172/C.Ord/05/TDD
04 Afonso Freitas 01/Pid.S/05/TD.Bcu
05 Afonso Lopes 19/Pid.S/05/TD.Bcu
06 Albano Soares 176/C.Ord/07/TDD
07 Alberto Noronha dos Santos 29/PEN/07/TD.Suai
08 Angelo Freitas 01/Pid.S/05/TD.Bcu
09 Antoninho da Costa 210/C.Ord/TDD/2007
10 Antonio dos Santos 44/PEN/2004/TD.Suai
11 Antonio Moniz 174/C.Ord/2007/TDD
12 Avelino Ximenes 173/C.Ord/07/TDD
13 Bendito da Costa 09/Pid.B/03/TD.Bcu
14 Cesar Mendonça 01/2004 (04/C.G./2005/TR)
15 Crispin Pereira 14/Pen/06/TD.Suai
16 Delfim de Souza 04/Pid.S/05/TD.Bcu
17 Diogo Serafim Victor Fernandes 174/C.Ord/2007/TDD
18 Egas Freitas 01/Pid.S/05/TD.Bcu
19 Evaristo Reinaldo 30/C.Ord/TDD/05
20 Evaristo Ribeiro 141/C.Ord/2005
21 Fernando da Costa Gomes 76/C.Ord/2007/TDD
22 Frederico Ximenes 03/PEN/04/TD.Suai
23 Jacob da Silva 174/C.Ord/2007/TDD
24 Januario da Costa 22/C.G./2003/TDD
25 Joaquim Carvalho do Rego 27/C. Ord/06/TDD
26 José Maria Ximenes 07/CRM.C/06/TD.Bcu
27 Julio da Costa Pires A. J. Ponto 174/C.Ord/2007/TDD
28 Lourenço Loco Bili 08/PEN/2005/TD.Suai
29 Manuel dos Santos 24/PENAL/04/TB.Suai
30 Manuel Armindo 02/PEN/07/TD.Suai
31 Manuel da Costa 86/CRIME/TDB/2006
32 Manuel Soares 118/C.Ord/2006/TDD
33 Marcos da Silva 87/CRM.S/2006/TDD
34 Martinho de Deus 64/C.Ord/TDD/2003
35 Martinho Maria Mendonça 05/Pen/07/TD.Suai
36 Martinho Soares 13/Pid/2004
37 Mateus Punef (Dili) 22/C.G/2003(07/C.G/2005/TR)
38 Ostelina Pires Ximenes 89/CRM.C/2006/TD.Baucau
39 Pedro do Rosário 05/CRM.C/2007/TD.Bcu
40 Pedro Exposto 188/PID/2005/TDD
41 Romeu Mau Buti 10/Pen/06/TD.Suai
42 Salario da Costa 25/CRM.C/2007/TD.Bcu
43 Segeleki 08/CRIM.C/06/TD. Bcu
44 Sergio de Jesus 107/Ord/TDD/2006
45 Sisto Barros 01/2004 (04/C.G./2005/TR)

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Attacks were coup attempt, Ramos-Horta says

Posted 4 hours 43 minutes ago

Rebels who attacked the East Timorese leadership in February were trying to seize control of the country, President Jose Ramos-Horta says.

It is the first time the president, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds and required life-saving surgery in Darwin, has commented publicly on the suspected motives of rebel leader Alfredo Reinado.

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao was also targeted in the coordinated attacks on February 11, but escaped unhurt.

“I believe that Mr Alfredo Reinado was actually led to believe by certain people that killing me and Xanana would give him power and make him the strongman of the country,” Dr Ramos-Horta said.

“He was irrational enough, incredibly vain and stupid enough to actually believe that people can get away with it and become the de facto leader of the country.

“The guy shot me with a high-powered rifle at close range. Surely he wasn’t planning to tickle me, so he intended to kill me.”

Reinado was killed leading the attack on Dr Ramos-Horta at the Nobel laureate’s Dili residence.

Asked who had made Reinado think the coup plot would work, Dr Ramos-Horta said he was hoping to learn more when the rebel’s girlfriend, Angelita Pires, testified in court.

“I hope that his lover, Ms Angie Pires, can shed light on this when she is brought to court to testify. She is manipulator number one, a fake,” he said.

Ms Pires was the first person arrested over the attacks. She remains in custody but has not been charged and denies any involvement in the attacks.

– AFP