East Timor court sentenced rebels for presidential assassination attempt

On March 3, 2010, an East Timor court sentenced 24 individuals involved with the 2008 attempted assassination of the president and prime minister of the country. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped unscathed from the act while President Jose Ramos-Horta was critically injured. Many of the individuals involved in the attack were government and military officials who had been displaced from power following a government change in 2006. Immediately following the 2008 attacks, the National Parliament instituted a state of emergency, which was extended several times. As the government searched for suspects following the assassination attempt, the National Parliament urged an international investigation of the matter.

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