Portuguese pair detained in Darwin just after arriving by boat from Timor-Leste


Two Portuguese nationals convicted of embezzling more than $800,000 from have been detained by Australian Border Power right after apparently fleeing Dili in a boat and arriving at the Darwin Sailing Club.

Guardian Australia understands the duo arrived between Wednesday evening and early Thursday early morning at the club on the outskirts of , and had been detained by Australian authorities.

One particular person said the boat was continue to on the beach front on Thursday early morning. He explained it as a 4.5-5m power boat “that a large amount of people from border power have been intrigued in”.

“The Indonesian-branded jerry cans might have specified it absent,” he said, adding the 90-horsepower outboard appeared to have a Darwin organization sticker on it.

Border Drive verified two Portuguese nationals had been detained “after arriving unlawfully in Darwin”, but reported it could not remark further more as investigations have been continuing.

Border Drive would not confirm the identities of the few, but an arrest warrant request from the Timor-Leste magistrate of community prosecutions business, offered to Timorese media and witnessed by Guardian Australia, claims the pair are Tiago Luis de Vilhena Texeira Guerra and Chang Fong Fong Guerra.

The couple were arrested in Oct 2014 at Dili airport, and this calendar year sentenced to eight many years in prison on rates of embezzlement.

The letter outlining the request mentioned prosecutors experienced been knowledgeable by an Australian Federal Law enforcement officer on Thursday that the officer had acquired info the pair ended up in Darwin “and will carry on their trip to Portugal”.

The pair’s passports experienced been confiscated, but the letter alleged the Portuguese embassy issued them new passports “to empower them to escape to Darwin by boat”.

“As the defendants are violating the steps utilized to them in the type of banning them to overseas vacation … [we] ask for the issuance of arrest warrant, for additional extradition from Darwin, Australia, to Timor-Leste for due authorized outcome.”

Australia has no extradition treaty with Timor-Leste.

The pair had been held on remand in Timor-Leste soon after staying arrested, but it is unclear for how lengthy. 5 months after their arrest, Portugal-dependent supporters claimed Tiago Guerra was getting held in Dili’s Becora jail without cost, and that his husband or wife was not able to depart the nation. Their small children are believed to be in .

Household and supporters have campaigned on behalf of the pair since their arrest, boasting Guerra has been topic to unhygienic conditions, a absence of health care care and a lack of justice.

by Timor-Leste based mostly human legal rights organisation L’ao Hamutuk, the few were being accused of diverting dollars from taxes levied on oil firms to a Nigerian gentleman, Bobby Boye, by means of a Macau enterprise.

Boye, who experienced been hired as a guide to the Timor-Leste authorities, was arrested by the FBI in the US in June 2015 and inevitably pleaded responsible in a different scenario to . He was in the US.

A petition, reportedly signed by far more than 3,500 folks, was shipped to the Portuguese federal government very last month, contacting on it to extradite the few from Timor-Leste.

A 7 days before the pair lodged an attraction, claiming the circumstance was “full of inconsistencies and contradictions”. The enchantment, envisioned to progress bit by bit by way of the Timorese justice procedure, had not nonetheless been resolved when the pair seemingly fled.

Late on Monday Border Power verified the couple had been nevertheless detained in Australia.

The Portuguese embassy has been contacted for comment.

Raimundos Oki contributed to this report.