Updated: Sunday 28 April

The police in Timor-Leste has arrested a former priest who has been accused of sexually abusing young girls in his orphanage in the country’s enclave Oecusse. R.D. was brought before the judge last Friday (26 April) and is now in custody, sources confirm. Meanwhile the director of the shelter has been arrested as well after she was involved in an attack against a former resident of the orphanage whom she suspected of having given a statement against the priest.

Tempo Timor (Maliana) - Former priest R.D., who is accused of child sexual abuse in the Topu Honis shelter in Oecusse, wants to be in prison. ‘He wants to give himself up to the police so they arrest him and put him in jail,’ father Lazarus Mau, the head of the SVD congregation in Maliana, told Tempo Timor.

Iha loron 12 Novembro kalan, tempotimor.com hetan eis padre ne’e iha Ro Success laran wainhira hala’o daudaun viajen ba Oekuse.

Ro refere sai husi Dili iha loron Tersa (12/11) tuku 17.00 no too iha Oekuse loron Kuarta tuku (05/11) dadersan mais ou menus tuku 05.30.

Polisia iha Timor-Leste ohin (loron-sesta, 26 Abril) kaer eis-padre R.D., ne’ebé hetan akuzasaun halo abuzu seksuál ba labarik-feto ki’ik sira iha ninia orfanatu iha enklave Oecusse. Sira lori nia iha juís nia oin, fonte sira iha Timor-Leste konfirma. Fulan-novembru tinan liubá Vatikanu hasai R.D. hosi ninia estatutu nu’udar kleru, hodi kastiga nia ba krime sira-ne’ebé tuir ema dehan nia komete bainhira nia sei amo-padre. Ida-ne’e mak primeiravés katak kazu ida kona-ba violénsia seksuál kontra labarik sira hosi membru Kleru Katóliku sai públiku iha Timor-Leste.

The former priest who is under investigation for sexually abusing girls in an orphanage in Oecusse, has been arrested again. The suspect was under ‘house arrest’ in Maliana, but was spotted on the ferry ‘Success’ which left Dili harbour on Tuesday afternoon (12 November). When he arrived in Oecusse early Wednesday morning (13 November) the police was waiting for the ex-priest in the port, arrested him and took him to the police station in Oecusse. ‘I am acting on the orders of the PGR,’ confirmed Arnaldo de Araujo, the police commander in Oecusse to Tempo Timor by telephone, referring to the Prosecutor General of the Republic.

The police in Timor-Leste has arrested today (Friday 26 April) former priest R.D. who has been accused of sexually abusing young girls in his orphanage in the country’s enclave Oecusse. He was brought before the judge, sources in Timor-Leste confirm. Last November the Vatican dismissed R.D. from his clergy status punishing him for the crimes he allegedly committed when he was a priest. It is the first time that a case of sexual violence against minors by a member of the Catholic clergy has become public in Timor-Leste.

Tempotimor (Maliana ) – Eis Padre RD ne’ebé deskonfia komete krime abuzu sexuál hasoru minoridade iha uma mahon Topu Honis, Oécusse hakarak tama prizaun.

“Nia hakarak entrega an ba Polísia. Hakarak tama komarka,” Padre Lazarus Mau, SVD ulun boot kongregasaun Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) nian, iha Maliana ba tempotimor.com, Kuarta (13/11/19).

RD, tuir Padre Lazarus sai husi uma SVD iha Maliana, iha Tersa (12/11/19) dadersan ba Dili. To'o Dili, iha lokraik loron hanesan, RD sa’e Ró naran Succes, hodi kontinua nia viajen ba Oécusse.

“Nia ba tiha ona horiseik, depois sa’e ró ba Oécusse. Iha Maliana mós nia fó hatene ona ba Polísia. Nia rasik hakarak ba Oécusse. Depois to’o iha ne’ebá nia hakarak Polísia kaer nia lori ba komarka,” Padre Lazarus haktuir.

RD, tuir Padre Lazarus hetan akompanamentu husi señora Lili (atuál Diretora Topu Honis) ho ninia ema sira ne'ebé mai hasoru RD iha Maliana. “Sira to’o iha ne’e maizumenus tuku 07.15, depois sira sai husi ne’e ho karreta pickup ida maizumenus tuku 08.00 dadersan iha Tersa (12/11/19),” Padre Lazarus esplika.

Dezde Abril 2019, suspetu RD hela iha rezidénsia SVD iha Maliana, tuir aranju ne’ebe hanaran ‘House Arrest’.

“Nia dehan, nia lakohi subar tan iha ne’e,” hatete Padre Lazarus Mau.

Iha Segunda (11/11/19) eis saserdote ne’e ba aprezenta an iha eskuadra PNTL Munisípiu Maliana no husu kona-ba ninia kazu. Maibé, PNTL Maliana hateten ba RD katak ninia kazu ne’e monu iha PNTL Oécusse, nia responsabilidade.

Ne'ebé, bainhira RD to’o iha Oécusse, dadersan sedu loron Kuarta (13/11/19), Polísia sira preparadu ona iha portu Mahata, hodi kaer RD no lori kedan ba eskuadra PNTL Oécusse.

Iha fulan Abril liubá, Polísia Timor-Leste kaptura ona eis-padre Amerikanu ne'e. Autoridade legál mós prende nia pasaporte. Amlulik Lazarus Mau hatete, antes ne’e RD la hetan detensaun. Parte legál no igreja permite eis-padre ne'e hodi hela iha rezidénsia SDV nian iha Maliana ho razaun katak nia katuas ona, nomós konsidera ninia kontribuisaun ba Timor-Leste.

Bainhira intervista ho tempotimor.com loron 17 Setembru liubá, Padre Lazarus Mau ne’ebé ho idade 69 hateten, Rezidénsia SVD Maliana nu'udar fatin ne'ebé seguru. “Ha'u katuas ona, nia mós (RD) katuas ona," hatete Padre Lazarus.

Maski nune'e, nu'udar ulun boot SVD nian iha Maliana, Lazarus iha responsabilidade hodi kontrola suspeitu RD . “Bainhira nia ba merkadu, frater ida tenki akompaña nia. Ha'u rasik mak deside katak ema ruma bele mai vizita nia ka lae,” Lazarus esplika.

Tuir Lazarus, baibain se estudante ka ema ruma hosi Oécusse mak hakarak mai haree RD, ida ne'e la problema. Nune’e mós atuál Diretora Topu Honis, señora Lily Tarung ne'ebé bainhira ba vizita RD iha Maliana, sira tenki hasoru malu iha liur. La'ós iha rezidénsia SVD.

Fotográfia ida iha Instagram, hatudu katak suspeitu tuur hela iha restaurante ida iha Maliana hodi halimar laptop, bainhira señora Lily Tarung hemu hela serveza. Lili Tarung lakohi simu alegasaun hasoru nia xefi. Maske iha 2018, iha momentu wainhira RD konfesa ba doadór ida hosi Austrália naran Tony Hamilton katak nia komete duni abuzu seksuál. Tarung mós iha ne'ebá hodi asiste. Hamilton hateten, RD konfesa ba nia katak nia sempre halo abuzu seksuál ba labarik sira iha Topu Honis.

Informasaun balun hatete, iha mós alegasaun hasoru Señora Lili Tarung, tanba nia konsidera falla hodi proteje labarik sira iha Topu Honis.

Bainhira RD hetan kapturasaun iha Abril, Tarung haruka mane ida hodi ataka feto ida ne’ebé uluk hela iha orfonatu no iha ona oan ida ne’ebé nia deskonfia katak fó ona testemuña ba parte legál sira.

Feto ne’e hetan baku nune’e hetan kanek. Tarung mós hetan detensaun temporáriu. Maibé, hahalok violente ne’e halo eis orfonatu sira iha Topu Honis aumenta ta'uk atu ko'alia sai. Tanba sira tauk ema atu asalta ka ataka sira. Sira kontinua fó presaun ba pesoál sira iha Topu Honis. Nune’e mós sira ne’ebé hela besik iha ne'ebá.

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