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34 groups benefit from Advance Agriculture program Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:43 Thirty-four groups have benefited from the USAID-funded Advance Agriculture program since it was implemented eight months ago. Read the Full Story
Flooding in Gisu suku causes damage to fertile lands Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:35 There are calls for the urgent construction of a new retaining wall in Gisu suku (village), in Maubara administrative post, Liquisa Municipality, in response to flooding that washed away fertile soil during recent heavy rains. Read the Full Story
New suku law to benefit female candidates Friday, 24 June 2016 15:18 The Director of the Patria Foundation, Laura Pina, said she was happy with the new suku election law approved by the National Parliament as it gave a big advantage to female candidates. Read the Full Story
Calls for Indonesia to take action to locate Timor’s missing people Monday, 20 June 2016 15:24 There are calls for the Indonesian government to take serious action to locate thousands of Timorese people that went missing between 1975 and 1999. Read the Full Story
Man faces court for hitting shop owner Friday, 17 June 2016 11:45 A man accused of hitting a Chinese shop owner after he refused to let him buy goods on credit has appeared in Dili municipality Court. Read the Full Story
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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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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