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570 Timorese affected by HIV Thursday, 18 August 2016 09:54 Some 570 Timorese people are infected with HIV, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry. Read the Full Story
SDGs to be implemented across four sectors: PM Wednesday, 10 August 2016 13:48 Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo said the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Timor-Leste would be proceeding in four sectors key to improve people’s prosperity across the country. Read the Full Story
Criminal police unit investigates high number of murders Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:44 The Scientific Criminal Investigation Police (SCIP) has registered 56 criminal cases with the department of prosecution since being established in January 2015. Read the Full Story
3 Timorese athletes to take a part in Olympic Games in Rio Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:13 Three Timorese athletes have travelled to Rio after being selected to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games. Read the Full Story
Olympic athletes urged to protect themselves against Zika virus Tuesday, 02 August 2016 12:21 The Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) have provided information about the Zika virus to the three athletes and 13 delegates heading to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Read the Full Story
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image 3 Timorese athletes to take a part in Olympic Games in Rio
image Olympic athletes urged to protect themselves against Zika virus


Tue 09 Aug 2016, 14:00
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Wed 03 Aug 2016, 11:22
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Tue 02 Aug 2016, 12:13
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Fri 29 Jul 2016, 10:33
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Tue 12 Jul 2016, 10:08
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Fri 08 Jul 2016, 15:20
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Wed 24 Aug 2016, 12:17
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Tue 09 Aug 2016, 13:52
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Wed 03 Aug 2016, 11:32
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Thu 18 Aug 2016, 10:02
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Thu 21 Jul 2016, 13:25
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Wed, Aug 2016, 13:20
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Tue, Aug 2016, 13:35
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Wed, Aug 2016, 12:10
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Wed, Aug 2016, 11:58
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Fri, Jul 2016, 13:09
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Wed, Aug 2016, 13:29
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Fri, Jul 2016, 10:07
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Mon, Aug 2016, 11:16
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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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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