Lúcia Lobato

Lúcia Maria Brandão Freitas Lobato ( born November 7, 1965 in Leorema, district Liquiçá, Portuguese Timor ) is deputy leader of the Partido Social Democrata (PSD) and 2001-2007 Member of the National Parliament of East Timor. From 2007 to 2012 she was Minister of Justice of East Timor. Lobato is Mambai members of the ethnic group from the west of the country.


Lúcia Lobatos cousin Rogerio Lobato of FRETILIN was Marí Alkatiri interior minister in the government of East Timor, but was forced to resign in 2006 because he had armed civilians in connection with the unrest in East Timor. For Rogerio Lobato was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment. On the day of swearing Lúcia Lobatos to Justice Minister Rogerio received first by a medical certificate permission prison for medical examination leave. But after this he went with his family to the airport in Dili and went on board a Learjet. The aircraft, the departure permission was initially refused. As a compromise proposal suggested Lúcia Lobato before that Rogerio should leave with his wife and other family members to Malaysia for medical treatment, if the two small children of the couple remain in East Timor. Literally " as a guarantee that Rogerio comes back ." By the next day the whole family was on board the aircraft until Attorney General Longuinhos Monteiro approved the departure. Lúcia Lobato was therefore criticized in public.

Another cousin Lúcia Lobatos is Rogerios brother Nicolau dos Reis Lobato, the nominal president of East Timor and commander of Falintil in 1978 until he died in the struggle against the Indonesian occupation, as well as 13 more of his siblings.

Lúcia Lobato is married to Americo Lopes and has three children.


1975 ended Lobato primary school in women's college Femenino Óscar Ruas in Ossu. From 1979 to 1982 she was at the Escola Pré- Secundária Católica Paulo VI in Dili and 1983-1986 there at the Escola Secundária Publications. From 1987 to 1993 Lobato studied International Law at the University of Airlangga, Surabaya (Indonesia), reaching 1996 to 1999 a master's degree in law at the same university. During this time, it was considered one of the most active women in the Resistência Nacional dos Estudantes de Timor-Leste RENETIL ( National Resistance of students from Timor -Leste ), to which she belonged since 1987.

Lobato 1999 in Jakarta consultant of Xanana Gusmão, the head of the East Timorese resistance was. Between 2000 and 2005 she worked as a lawyer in Dili and taught at the Universidade de Dili, the Universidade da Paz and the Universidade Nasional Timor Lorosa'e ( UNTL ). Parallel Lobato was between 2000 and 2001 a member of the Judicial Commission and the Cabinet of the Ministry of Justice during the administration by UNTAET. 2001 Lobato was chosen for the Social Democrats in the Constituent Assembly, from which the independence on 20 May 2002 eventually became the National Parliament.

In 2007, the lawyer, the presidential candidate of the PSD in the elections of April 9. She was the only female candidate of eight. First, the PSD had the rebel leader Alfredo Reinado invited to compete as their candidate in the presidential elections. Later, the party leader Mário Viegas Carrascalão announced his candidacy, but eventually Lobato was erected. You only came to 8.86 % of the votes and was eliminated thus after the first round of the election from. Due to various irregularities, put Lobato, together with the third-placed Fernando de Araújo and the candidate Francisco Xavier do Amaral before the Tribunal de Recurso de Timor- Leste ( East Timor German appeal court ) appeal against the result, but failed it.

After the 2007 parliamentary elections, the PSD formed with three other parties Aliança because Maioria parlamentar AMP (Alliance of the Parliamentary Majority). The coalition presented on 8 August the government. Lúcia Lobato, who moved back in Parliament, was Minister of Justice and therefore had to give up her seat.

In early August 2008, raised accusations of corruption against Lúcia Lobato and the Agriculture Minister Mariano Sabino Assanami by the Provedor of Human Rights ( PDHJ ). On 1 June 2009, the house Lobatos and the company of her husband, Americo Lopes that searches Pualaka Petrolium Fuel of UN and National Police. Lopes is accused of business partners that he had manipulated documents to gain more influence in the company. Pulaka also had a contract for 3.1 million U.S. dollars received for the supply of diesel fuel to the national powerhouses. Here media had speculated about a favor Pulakas over competing companies. Lobato stood ostentatiously behind her husband.

In September 2011, allegations of corruption against Lobato were again loud. The prosecutor's office began an investigation. Lobato be accused of document forgery, abuse of office and award of projects to her husband. She is said to have illegally cooperated in the construction of eight offices in the value of 945 805 U.S. dollars with a company. In this case, an employee of her staff had falsified documents Lobato has signed. Parliament decided the time needed for the trial suspension of the Minister of Justice in March 2012 before with 36 votes of 39 deputies present with one vote against and two abstentions. On June 8, Lobato was sentenced to five years in prison and payment of 4,350 dollars because of mismanagement in the administration of funds. In the charges of corruption, abuse of office and forgery of documents she was acquitted. On June 22, Lobato appealed against the judgment. In mid-December the Court of Appeal confirmed the judgment. On January 23, 2013 Lúcia Lobato was sent to the prison in glenoid.

On February 26, Lobato was transferred to the Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares due to lung problems. On May 6, again because of high blood pressure.