Dili — A team from the Anti-Corruption Commission, led by Commissioner Dr. Adérito Tilmán, paid a first courtesy visit this morning (19/8) to President Taur Matan Ruak at the Presidential Palace, Nicolau Lobato Aitarak-Laran, Dili.
The purpose of the meeting was to present the President with details of the current legal barriers that CAC faces. These include the anti-corruption law that has yet to be approved by the National Parliament, as well as CAC’s organic law.
The delegation presented the President with its new organizational structure under the second mandate, and also informed him of the work CAC is currently carrying out. Commissioner Adérito Tilmán said that CAC’s work will continue to concentrate on three important areas: education outreach and research, prevention, and the investigation of public corruption.
An update was also given on the criminal investigations cases that CAC has undertaken this year – with 30 cases already sent to the Prosecutor-General’s Office, with another 10 cases currently under investigations.
“We are here for this courtesy visit and to ask for the President’s support for CAC’s work, especially in facilitating smooth communications with the National Parliament, and for the government to keep an eye on legal barriers,” Commissioner Tilmán said.
The President welcomed and expressed appreciation for the efforts CAC has put forward its establishment four years ago and that, despite its young age, the organization has contributed significantly to the process of combating corruption in Timor-Leste. He also stated his willingness to continue to work closely with CAC in fighting corruption.
Following the visit with the President, the delegation from CAC met with former Prosecutor-General Ana Pessoa. Commissioner Tilmán was accompanied by Deputy Commissioners Manuel Bucar, José A. Neves and National Adviser Jonas Guterres. (*)
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