E. Timor deputy prime minister on trial for corruption
DILI, April 11 (AP) - (Kyodo)—A district court in Dili opened a trial on Monday against East Timor'sDeputy Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres for abuse of power and misuse of state money.

Guterres is accused of appointing his wife Ana Maria Valery to a highly paid job at the East Timor mission to the United Nations in New York and authorizing the payment of salary and allowance to her when he was foreign minister in 2007.

"The intention was to benefit his wife and enrich himself, resulting in irregularities and illegalities prejudicing the finances of the state for private family benefit," the prosecution said in papers filed with the court.

Guterres denied the charge during Monday's court hearings.


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