Palásiu Prezidensiál Nicolau Lobato, Díli, 20 outubru 2020
Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 20 October 2020
The President of the Court of Appeal, Deolindo dos Santos, in a meeting with President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, said that the Court of Appeal will deliver a training event to judges, auditors and law clerks on the law on measures to prevent and combat corruption.
The training event, which will take place on 12 February shortly before the law comes into force, intends to offer an insight into the content of the law to judges, auditors and law clerks, also because this law requires them to disclose their income, assets, and interests.
Still in the meeting with the Head of State, the President of the Court of Appeal said that the courts have already resumed regular operations following a holiday period, and that efforts are being made to reduce the backlog of pending cases and to bring the justice system closer to citizens through the mobile courts.
Also on this occasion, Deolindo dos Santos talked about the government’s request for an audit of state institutions. The Chamber of Auditors will release the name of the institutions and their respective areas that have undergone an audit after approval in plenary session.
In 2020, five institutions were subject to an audit, including the ZEESM, and two other institutions will probably be included in the list before the end of the year. Some of the results of the audit of the ZEESM have already been presented.
On the statement made recently by the Prosecutor-General, who said that the sentence given to a citizen involved in drug trafficking was too light, Deolindo dos Santos pointed out that the decision can and should be contested by way of an appeal and that he is not allowed to comment publicly on specific cases under the law.
The Law on Measures to Prevent and Fight Corruption was enacted by the President of the Republic on 24 August, after having been unanimously approved in the National Parliament. For the said law to have an effective and wide-ranging impact, it needs complementary regulations, such as decree-laws or decrees, and requires the improvement of other relevant legislation applicable to areas that are vulnerable to corruption and conflicts of interest.
In a letter sent to National Parliament concerning the promulgation of the said law, the President of the Republic pointed out that ‘preventing and fighting corruption is not only about approving legislation and setting up institutions which are the central core. To prevent and fight corruption, it is crucial that institutions work in an effective manner according to the principles of legality, impartiality, transparency, efficiency, effectiveness, simplicity and procedural predictability, and that key stakeholders, including institutions, professionals and citizens, participate in areas and procedures whose purpose is to serve the public interest.’