Guinea-Bissau leader pardons accused in coup try

AP News
Posted: Sep 30, 2014 1:54 PM

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — Guinea-Bissau's new president has pardoned a group of soldiers who were convicted by a military tribunal for a failed 2012 coup attempt.

According to a presidential decree read out on the radio Tuesday, the army captain accused of leading the coup plot, Pansau Ntchama, was among those pardoned. Authorities said Ntchama led the gunmen who attacked a military base in an attempt to unseat the junta that was ruling at the time. The junta had itself seized power months earlier.

Guinea-Bissau has had so many coups and countercoups that no elected leader since independence in 1974 has ever served out a term. But President Jose Mario Vaz took power in a peaceful election earlier this year is trying to put the country on the path to stability.