On 28 May 2011 the President of the national Parliament of Timor-Leste, Fernando de Araujo Lasama survived a car accident in Be-Hau, Manatuto east of Dili the capital of Timor-Leste. Lasama is the President of the Partido Demokratika a leading member of the governing Coalition lead by Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, and was from February 2008 until April 2008 the interim head of state as the President of the Republic was Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta recovered from gunshot wounds in an Australian hospital.
|Typical UN driving Timor-Leste foto dok|
According to Tempo Semanal sources in the area the President of the National parliament was travelling eastwards in a convoy to visit Baucau District. When they arrived in Be-hau, the driver of the vehicle carrying the President of the national Parliament saw a hole on the road. At this time the driver braked the car, and the vehicle immediately behind in the convoy driven by United Nations Police escorts slammed into the car carrying the President of the National Parliament.
According to the Government press officer, “the UNPOL escort hit his car from behind. Lasama is ok. Now he is staying overnight in Baucau.”
When Tempo Semanal tried to confirm with the UN Spokesperson Ms. Sandra Macguire at 2030hrs local time her phone was turned off.
Tempo Semanal confirmed the story from the Security of State for Security Fransisco Guterres responsible for policing and public safety, which his police trained and mentoring by the UNPOL. Guterres confirmed “yes, but he is ok. The car in the front [carrying Lasama] braked, and the UNPOL escort car hit his car from behind. He is ok.”
In 1991 Fernando de Araujo Lasama was arrested by Indonesian security forces for his role in the resistance to the Suharto regime. Many others were killed or disappeared once being arrested. Lasama was imprisoned in Cipinang prison Jakarta along with now Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. Having survived the Suharto regime Lasama was nearly killed today by UNPOL incompetent drivers in a card accident.
Tempo Semanal has reported in the past about dangerous UN drivers. UN traffic accidents have caused much victims in the last tens years. Tempo Semanal in December 2010 revealed internal UN audits on UN misconduct but the UN still has not responded.