Cablegate: Blue Lantern Check Dili Case 050209036
DE RUEHDT #0030 0400813
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 090813Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY DILI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4697
INFO RUEHDT/AMEMBASSY DILI 4266
UNCLAS DILI 000030
STATE FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC TT
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN CHECK DILI CASE 050209036
REF: STATE 4067
1. Summary: Post completed Blue Lantern check, case number
050209036, Dili Defense and Supplies (DDS) on February 9.
According to DDS and Policia Nacional Timor-Leste (PNTL) there
was an initial agreement to order grenade launchers and pepper
spray. The order never materialized and both parties have made
no mention of initiating any future orders. The PNTL stated they
ordered grenade launchers and pepper spray for use and issuance
to their riot control unit. DDS is a small business, primarily
selling law enforcement, military, and safety products to United
Nations (UN) personnel stationed in Dili. End summary.
2. On February 9, RSO met with DDS representative Jason Mark
WALKIN, tel: +670-732-9856, email: Jason@dds-tl.com, Rue Matires
Da Patricia, Landmark Plaza, unit 02-11, Fatuhada Dili,
Timor-Leste. The office is located on the second floor, above
one of the main supermarkets in Dili. It is a small office
(approximately 9ftx9ft) that consists mainly of paramilitary
gear; vests, rucksacks, boots, and some tactical type clothing.
It should not be considered a secure location to handle
sensitive United States Munitions List (USML) items. They have
no other facilities within Timor-Leste.
3. The consignee had listed as their point of contact Johnny
LEONG but according to WALKIN, LEONG is in Singapore and is not
expected back in Timor-Leste until February 20. WALKIN stated he
is not as familiar with the PNTL order as LEONG but did say that
LEONG told him on February 8 that the order was cancelled with
no future continuation date.
4. The end use for the USML items was, according to Agustino
GOMES, PNTL, for their riot control unit. Although the order
never materialized an agreement was made between the PNTL and
DDS that when the items arrived the PNTL would provide an escort
to a secure PNTL location where the items would have been
stored. DDS does not have secure facilities nor any procedures
for handling sensitive USML items.
5. DDS was established in 2001 in Singapore by LEONG and WALKIN.
They currently have a store in Singapore and prior to starting
DDS served approximately 7-years in the Singaporean military as
infantry soldiers. The Dili store, established in 2008, focuses
on the 1,500 UN police personnel assisting Timor-Leste under a
United Nations mandate. Items sold include a myriad of law
enforcement accessories and clothing. WALKIN stated he
understands the restrictions on USML items, especially the
prohibition against unauthorized re-transfer and re-export.