“All people are equal in the eyes of the law and no one is above it, regardless of whether he or she is a renown public figure,” said Civpol spokesperson Luis Carrilho yesterday.
Carrilho was commenting on Dr Sergio Lobo’s arrest by Civpol.
“I understand that he is an intellectual and a medical doctor. But I stress that no one is above the law and the same applies in Timor Lorosae,” he said.
“The judiciary is independent and it will not bow to pressure from any institution or influential people.”
Carrilho said in Civpol’s investigations on Dr Sergio Lobo, a special skills investigator was used.
Carrilho also said Civpol was seeking five people involved in damaging property at the Hotel Audian, where Dr Sergio Lobos’s wife was allegedly assaulted.
Jul 12 NGO Forum / Rede Feto: Tokoh Masyarakat Ditahan Lagi Untuk Kekerasan Rumah Tangga Pernyataan Pers (added Juli 13)
"Kasus ini akan dijadikan preseden untuk kasus-kasus kekerasan rumah tangga berikutnya dan untuk semua kasus yang melibatkan pejabat masyarakat tinggi ... Sistem pengadilan kita harus memperlakukan semua orang dengan cara sama.” Filomena Reis, Staf Advokasi di NGO Forum Timor Lorosa’e
Jul 12 NGO Forum / Rede Feto: Public Figure Detained Again for Domestic Violence Release July 13
“This case will set a precedent for future cases of domestic violence and for any cases that involve a high-level official, ... Our legal system must treat all people equally.” Filomena Reis, Advocacy Officer, East Timor NGO Forum