Friday, 24 September 2010

Breaking News: Vice Prime Minister "Lugu" and Foreign Minister Zac da Costa - Indicted

Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis "LUGU" Guterres - INDICTED
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.


Anonymous said...

If Kommandant Xanana has surrounded himself with rotten tomatoes (except Mario C), how can anyone still believe that the Kommandant himself is clean?

Gusmao must be either a fool or a knave - but he will admit to neither!

Anonymous said...

Why FM Zacarias da Costa? This was not even happen during his mandate? Another travesti of Justice?

Anonymous said...

Why FM Zacarias? Everybody knows that this process did not even happen during his time as Foreign MInister? Another travesti of timorese justice?

Nascer Frente said...

When XG willing to bring 2 of his goverment member to face investigation and letter could be possible face the court..It shows that every one is equal to justice as we all wisses to be...there are several Questions rises, they are; How serious he is (XG)???, Does the government Prosecutor and Court are ready to take the big fish???,...2nd question is for the state to answer I guess!!!, If they are pleadge guilty and convicted to prison...will they end it up like Salsinha Cs.????.........ehmmmm...RH will answer that. I guess....