FRETILIN Media flash: President Horta should be aware that corrective
services laws and regulations prohibit convicted prisoners from
corresponding with persons, other than their legal representative,
without going through official channels. Once again the law has been
broken with impunity.
Moreover, it is important that the President disclose the contents of
the letter handed to him, given that Railos was a key controversial
figure during the 2006 crisis. The contents of the letter naturally
are the subject of unhealthy speculation and rumor mongering,
especially in light of news that the President intends to pardon
Railos in the list of prisoners publicised recently by his office.
It is a matter of grave public interest that the President exercise
transparency in this case and disclose the letter to the public.
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Translation of report from “Centro Jornalismu Investigativu
Timor-Leste” – Monday, 4 January 2010
From the editor:
Dili – The former commander of the secret Fretilin group, Vicente da
Conceicao, alias Railos, last Wednesday (30/12/09), delivered a secret
letter to the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, during the
joint Christmas celebration with the prisoners at the Becora Jail.
Railos delivered this secret letter directly into the hands of Ramos
Horta, but Railos himself refused to disclose its contents to the
“This letter is a secret letter between the President of the Republic
and I, and only the two of us know its contents,” Railos told Suara
Timor Timor, from inside the jail.
Railos returned to jail a few weeks ago, after being re-arrested by
the National Criminal Investigation Police, which executed an order
from the Dili court, allegedly because he used a deadly weapon that
mortally wounded Major Domingos Kaikeri, during the 2006 crisis.
When the President of the Republic received the letter, he also
refused to make any comment to the STL, and could not confirm the
contents of this letter.
“I have not yet read the letter from Railos, that is why I have not
commented on it,” Horta said.
Railos is a prisoner who during the crisis of 2006 received 14 guns
from former Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato, and which he delivered
to the state in 2007.
The Catholic church, especially in the person of the Bishop of Dili,
Ricardo da Silva was involved in the process of the return of the
weapons. (news edited by STL 4 / 1).