Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa – INDICTED
The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao, has written a letter to Fernando Lasama de Araujo the President of the National Parliament to inform him that the Vice Prime Minister (Jose Luis Guterres) and the Foreign Minister (Zacarias da Costa) have both been indicted by the Office of the Prosecutor General for their involvement in crimes associated with their offices and employment acts” said in a letter from the Prime Minister dated 15 September 2010.
In 2008 the Opposition party FRETILIN raised the issues at hand in the National Parliament and requested that the graft watchdog the Provedor investigate the matter. This was followed up and has resulted in these two indictments.
According to the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste they should now be suspended from their posts in Government so as to answer the charges in court. A meeting of the leaders of the parties in Parliament who manage the affairs of parliamentary sitting business has scheduled a secret ballot vote on the matter not long after the Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister return from New York.
Posted By TEMPO SEMANAL to TEMPO SEMANAL on 9/23/2010 01:49:00 PM