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.