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Timor-Leste President will not accept life pension after leaving office Friday, 30 September 2016 11:59 The First Lady Isabel Ferreira said President Taur Matan Ruak would not accept the life pension available to him once he leaves office on the basis that it could lead to injustice in society. Read the Full Story
Timor-Leste welcomes conciliation commission’s decision on Timor Sea boundary dispute Friday, 30 September 2016 11:23 Timor-Leste’s government has welcomed the conciliation commission’s decision to proceed with the case involving a dispute with Australia over maritime boundaries in the resource-rich Timor Sea. Read the Full Story
Timorese citizens living overseas allowed to vote in 2017 general elections Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:11 For the first time the Timor-Leste government will allow its citizens living overseas to vote in the 2017 general elections. Read the Full Story
Police officer fired for shooting soldier Monday, 26 September 2016 11:04 The officer involved in the recent shooting of a member of the Defense Force (F-FDTL) in Ainaro municipality has been fired from the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL). Read the Full Story
130 patients receive treatment abroad Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:10 The government through the Health Ministry transferred 130 patients abroad between January and August this year as the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (NHGV) was unable to provide the necessary treatment. Read the Full Story
image Timor-Leste President will not accept life pension after leaving office
image Timor-Leste welcomes conciliation commission’s decision on Timor Sea boundary dispute
image Timorese citizens living overseas allowed to vote in 2017 general elections
image Police officer fired for shooting soldier
image 130 patients receive treatment abroad


Fri 30 Sep 2016, 11:32
2000-people-paying-taxes-for-living-on-state-owned-landThe General Director for National Directorate for Land and Property (NDLP), Romao Guterres, has called on communities living on state-owned land to pay taxes.   Although 2000 people were paying taxes...
Thu 29 Sep 2016, 11:38
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Thu 15 Sep 2016, 10:07
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Mon 26 Sep 2016, 11:43
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Wed 30 Nov -0001, 08:22
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Fri 29 Jul 2016, 10:33
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Fri 09 Sep 2016, 11:00
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Wed 24 Aug 2016, 12:17
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Tue 09 Aug 2016, 13:52
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Thu 29 Sep 2016, 12:28
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Mon 26 Sep 2016, 11:30
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Wed 14 Sep 2016, 11:01
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Thu, Sep 2016, 12:13
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Thu, Sep 2016, 12:03
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Thu, Sep 2016, 11:04
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Fri, Sep 2016, 10:41
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Tue, Sep 2016, 14:18
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Wed, Aug 2016, 11:47
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Fri, Sep 2016, 11:47
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Thu, Sep 2016, 11:48
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Thu, Sep 2016, 10:16
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Editorial Corner

Thu, May 2016, 14:57
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Wed, Mar 2016, 12:40
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Mon, Aug 2016, 13:06
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Mon, Aug 2016, 11:16
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Fri, Mar 2014, 18:56
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Editorial Corner

According to the Deputy Commander of the Immigration Police Service (SPI), Chief Inspector Luis Barreto, his Unit by law does not have the competence to search passengers’ bags.
He said this in relation to claims that his Unit, the SPI, is responsible for the availability of illegal drugs in Timor-Leste.


“Our problem is that we are not mandated by law to search bags for drugs. That is the role of the Criminal Investigation Unit, they are mandated to investigate cases while the searching bags is the responsibility of Customs officials,” said Chief Inspector Barreto, last week, from his office in Vila-Verde, in Dili.

“We can only check whether travelers have the right documentation such as valid passports and visa documents,” he added.

When after a criminal investigation a foreigner is deemed to have illegally brought drugs into the country, “we will start a process called voluntary abandonment or even deport the person should that be the decision of the courts,” said Chief Inspector Barreto.

In the meantime, according to a source who declined to be identified from the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC), many drugs are available in the capital Dili, but the police so far has not been able to arrest anyone because the drugs circulate underground.

TDW tried to confirm the above statement with the Commander for SIC, Superintendent Calistro Gonzaga, but he was not available for an interview.

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