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Minister Magalhães holds a video conference with Honorable Judge Mark Wolf

Minister Magalhães holds a video conference with Honorable Judge Mark Wolf

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DILI, 06 may 2022 (TATOLI), Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães held a video conference with Honorable Judge Mark Lawrence Wolf, from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

During the video conference, Magalhães and Wolf discussed the global initiatives for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court.

The Honorable Mark L. Wolf is the Chair of Integrity Initiatives International, a Senior United States District Judge, and the former Chief Judge, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

“Integrity Initiatives International” (III), is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to strengthening law enforcement against corrupt leaders, also known as kleptocrats. This NGO has catalyzed and coordinated a network of individuals and organizations in the emerging international campaign for the establishment of an International Anti-Corruption Court.

A total of 70 countries and approximately 250 world leaders – including former heads of state and government, Nobel Prize winners, government officials, and former officials as well as representatives of civil society, business, and different religious communities have supported the initiative for the establishment of the International Court. If this court is established then it would promote the application of an international structure to efficiently combat corruption by prosecuting and punishing kleptocrats.

Be aware that establishing an International Anti-Corruption Court is going to be a long-term project that would require broad support from the international community to be implemented, in 2022, with the support of the Netherlands, Canada, Ecuador, other partners, and Ministers from different countries.

The initiative of the establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Court is to strengthen criminal law to punish corrupt leaders.

During the meeting, Magalhães said Timor-Leste is part of the ‘United Nations Convention to Combat Corruption” (UNCAC), adding it’s important to strengthen the global response to the fight against corruption.

The Government of Timor-Leste signed and ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2008.

Minister Magalhães emphasized that the Eighth Constitutional Government is committed to implementing legal mechanisms for combating corruption, especially in public administration: “Law No. 7/2020, August 26, on effective measures to prevent and combat corruption was an example of the government’s commitment to the elimination of corruption in Timor-Leste.”

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario 

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