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Transport Ministry: more public buses will reduce traffic congestion Friday, 12 February 2016 09:20 The Vice Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication (MOPTC) Eng Inacio Moreira said the government has decided to purchase additional buses to reduce traffic congestion in the capital Dili. Read the Full Story
2.190 foreigners get work permit visas for TL in 2015 Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:47 The Inspector General for Labour (IJT) and Secretary of State for Vocational Training Policy and Employment (SEPFOPE) Aniceto Leto Soro said in 2015 some 2.190 foreigners received work permit visas to work in Timor-Leste. Read the Full Story
Ministry of Agriculture prepares seeds and food for El Niño related drought Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:54 The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) Eng Estanislau da Silva said reduce the impact of the El Niño related drought in Timor-Leste, the government has already put aside seeds and food for the community. Read the Full Story
Government to crack down on public busses to avoid further loss of life Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:40 The Vice Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication (MOPTC) Eng Inacio Moreira said the government intends to crack down on busses exceeding their passenger limits. Read the Full Story
Indonesia ready to support TL in key sectors Friday, 29 January 2016 15:22 During his official visit to Timor-Leste (26/01) Indonesian President Joko Widodo said his government is committed to supporting Timor-Leste in key sectors: infrastructure, communications and transport, health and also in downstream business. Read the Full Story
image Transport Ministry: more public buses will reduce traffic congestion
image 2.190 foreigners get work permit visas for TL in 2015
image Ministry of Agriculture prepares seeds and food for El Niño related drought
image Government to crack down on public busses to avoid further loss of life
image Indonesia ready to support TL in key sectors


Tue 02 Feb 2016, 11:54
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Wed 27 Jan 2016, 09:47
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Mon 11 Jan 2016, 10:07
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Thu 11 Feb 2016, 12:03
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Wed 27 Jan 2016, 12:13
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Wed 06 Jan 2016, 15:24
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Tue 09 Feb 2016, 10:16
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Tue 02 Feb 2016, 13:04
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Tue 02 Feb 2016, 12:28
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Thu 11 Feb 2016, 11:44
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Thu 17 Dec 2015, 13:56
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Tue, Feb 2016, 10:52
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Tue, Feb 2016, 12:05
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Mon, Dec 2015, 17:05
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Tue, Feb 2016, 11:01
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Tue, Feb 2016, 10:28
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Mon, Jan 2016, 10:41
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Thu, Feb 2016, 12:35
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Tue, Feb 2016, 10:39
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Editorial Corner

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Wed, Nov 2014, 17:09
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Mon, Oct 2014, 16:49
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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.

Friday, February 12, 2016

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