Tempo Semanal, Dili, 25.11.2010
"All citizens are entitled to their good name and, therefore, are also entitled to demand that the State’s judicial institutions protect the good name of the holders of political office by giving them the guarantee of the presumption of innocence and due process until proven otherwise by competent court of law, " added the Foreign Minister, Dr. Zacarias Albano da Costa.
"It saddens me to have observed that some holders of positions in the judicial and political system of this country rushed to my condemnation, including disclosing the contents of the indictment, which, as we saw in the media was without substance, rather than taking a position of responsibility in protecting the Timorese judicial system itself, "Minister da Costa added .
Referring also to the President of the Panel of Judges, Dr. João Ribeiro’s decision to reject the accusation, whose notification was delivered today, Minister Zacarias da Costa, also said "Silence was my way of showing full confidence in the Timorese judicial process, allowing the competent organs of the judiciary to act in accordance with the law, not subject to any pressure. I believe that everyone should have equal access to justice. “
The Minister concluded by saying:" I have, as I have always said, a clean conscience and this decision publicly reaffirms it. "
In the mean time acording to Tempo Semanal source in Dili district court said the the reason was a luck evidence and the court give options to the prosecution office whether to change the acusation against Mr. Zacarias Albano da Costa or to make an appeal.
The court has rejected accustions filed by East Timor prosecution not only for East Timor Foreign Minister but also rejected the accusation against a Timorese diplomat, Rogeiro dos Santos.
At the mean time there are still three accused such as East Timor Deputy PM, Jose Luis Guterres, His wife and Joao Camara.
The case case due to start on 26/11/2010 in Dili District court.