Police Capture Alleged Rapist in Baucau

5 Jul 2008

Police Capture Alleged Rapist in Baucau

DiIi, August 13, 2007 - United Nations Police (UNPol) and the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) have arrested a suspect in relation to an alleged rape in Baucau on Friday.

Reports so far indicate that an 11 year old girl was raped by a 16 year old male in an orphanage in Baguia.

The suspect was arrested on August 11 and then escaped but surrendered again to police later in the day.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, Mr Atul Khare, said the suspect will now be dealt with by the judicial authorities of Timor-Leste.

He added that in developing a culture of human rights and respect for women and children in Timor-Leste, that such cases need to be strongly condemned and those who commit such crimes swiftly prosecuted.