|Isabel Ferreira Photo: Tempo Semanal|
Speaking to journalists, Isabel Ferreira said she visited Ms. Lobato to show her personal solidarity with the former minister and to give her the book from the president.
Televizaun Timor-Leste reported yesterday, some remarks by the First Lady saying "I came here to visit sister Lucia Lobato to show solidarity as she accepted the court's decision to stay in prison. I am pleased with her as she is brave to accept the verdict to stay in the prison," she said.
Ms. Lobato said she was happy with the visit of the first lady and thanked her for the book from the president. Ms. Lobato is in prison after the court found her guilty of abuse of power and engaging in corruption while she was in office during the IV Constitutional government.
Meanwhile, Radio Timor-Leste reported yesterday that the lawyer for Lucia Lobato, Pedro Camoes, would be making efforts to contact the State's leaders to reduce her sentence of 5 years in prison.
The President has the constitutional power to grant amnesties to convicted criminals; as former President Ramos-Horta did to reduce Ms Lobato's uncle, Rogerio Lobato's sentence following his conviction for his part in the illegal weapons distribution during the 2006 crisis.
ETLJB wonders if this visit might have some connection to the exercise of the President's power to grant amnesties and the efforts by Ms Lobato's lawyer to seek an executive sentence reduction through the amnesty power that is exercisable only by "the State's leaders"; namely, the President.. Sources: TVTL, RTL 05/02/2013. Edited by Warren L. Wright
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