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President Pardons 16 Separatists

May 22, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh pardoned 16 leaders of a 1994 separatist rebellion and called on them to return home.

The group includes former Vice President Ali Salem Baidh, who led a bid to form a breakaway state in Yemen's civil war, and Haidar Abu Bakr Attas, Baidh's prime minister. The separatists, who fled after the war, were sentenced to death in absentia in 1998.

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