10 March 2010

President Horta promised to pardon Salsinha

Suara Timor Lorosa’e, March 5, 2010 language source: Tetun -  President José Ramos Horta has promised Thursday (4/3) that he would pardon rebel leader Gastão Salsinha who was charged with attempted assassination against the country’s Prime Miniter Xanana Gusmão.

Salsinha was sentenced 10 years and 8 months imprisonment by the Dili District Court on Wednesday (3/3)

“The trial process for the attempted assassination case ended and I will pardon Salsinha and his followers,” President Horta said Thursday (4/3).

President Horta added that he respects the decision of the court but he will use his constitutional power to pardon Salsinha and his men.

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