Civilians moved from prison to house arrest

Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday transferred 10 Vieira associates from prison to house arrest, Lusa reported. The men, all civilians, included former ministers and presidential advisers.

"This a step toward your freedom, so I ask that you understand this gesture as a gesture of reconciliation," Lieutenant Colonel Emilio Costa, a Junta official, told them at a ceremony. He asked them to do their utmost "to bring peace to Guinea Bissau". Other pro-Vieira civilians remain in prison because they are suspected of "grave crimes", Costa added.