Aderito de Jesus Soares - Prospective Anti-Corruption Boss for Timor-Leste
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has proposed that Aderito de Jesus Soares formerly a FRETILIN Member of the Constituent Assembly 2001-2002 lead the new Anti-Corruption Commission. Much of this Comission's new work will be investigate allegations of corruption taking place inside the Prime Minister's Government.
During the final session to approve the 2010 National Budget the President of the National Parliament, Fernando Lasama announced that Parliament would hold a special session on the morning of 4 December to vote on whether or not Aderito de Jesus Soares should become the new Anti-Corruption Chief in Timor-Leste and head the new Anti-Corruption Commission.
The Anti-Corruption Law give the right to the Government to propose candidates and for the Parliament to vote on those candidates. However, Prime Minister Gusmao only sent Soares' name to the National Parliament. Soares made a respected name for himself many years ago by among other things refusing to bow down to certain instructions by the Secretary General of FRETILIN, Mari Alkatiri. Soares also refused to participate at the request of ex-President Xanana Gusmao to be a Commissioner on the Timor-Leste and Indonesia Truth and Friendship Commission which failed to bring justice for the victims of human rights violations in Timor-Leste between 1975 and 1999.
Soares is currently completing a PhD at Australian National University in Canberra Australia, but it seems almost certain he will return to Timor-Leste to the growing disease of corruption in Timor-Leste.