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Questions Raised as Guns Pour In

Australian (Sydney)

7 July 2005

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Since its founding in 2000, the [Timor-Leste] national police force (PNTL) has obtained a wide variety of weaponry, including 2700 Glock 9mm pistols, for its ordinary police officers…

[I]n 2002, the PNTL obtained an undisclosed number of sophisticated and expensive MP5 A3 sub-machineguns.

This was followed by an additional order in May last year for seven state-of-the-art F2000 machineguns for close-protection officers and 66 FNC assault rifles for riot police, the latter bought from Belgium.

In the same month, Mr Lobato ordered 180 Heckler and Koch 33 assault rifles for an elite police counter-insurgency force, supplied free of charge by the Malaysian Government.

And finally, in September last year another order was made for 200 Steyr assault rifles in a deal with Austria worth more than $200,000. In addition, Mr Lobato said the US had supplied an unspecified number of tactical shotguns to the police.

The PNTL has acquired more than 450 modern assault weapons for its paramilitary forces…

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