Alkatiri rejects Railos 'hit squad' allegations, 20 June
Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Mari Alkatiri, today totally rejected
allegations by Commander Vicente Railos made on RTTL TV the previous
day, that he had armed Railos and asked him to kill oppositionists
as well as opponents inside FRETILIN, and that delegates to the
FRETILIN Congress had been given arms to kill opponents before
the 2007 elections. The Prime Minister presented his response
to journalists from RTTL just before noon at the Government Palace.
He also rejected Commander Railos' opening political statement
on the TV news, that the Prime Minister symbolised foreign ideas
that would divide and destroy the country. "This kind of
statement has been used against me ever since I became Prime Minister
in May 2002," he said, condemning Railos for appearing armed,
with other armed men, in the uniform of the Police Reserve Unit
(URP), and for attacking the headquarters of the national army
(F-FDTL) on May 24.