Angelita Pires, recently acquitted of a plot to kill East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, has signed with Lauren Miller Cilento (HMMG) to pursue international book and film opportunities.
Angelita is a sternly proud East Timorese woman whose family was forced to flee to Australia upon the Indonesian invasion in 1975. When her country secured its independence in 1999, like many exiled East Timorese scattered throughout the world, she immediately returned to be a part of the rebuilding of her war torn nation.
Angelita, a Timorese/Australian citizen, had been under house arrest in East Timor for two years after being accused of backing the alleged assassination plot by financing the rebels movement in the country. Her lover, famed rebel leader Alfredo Reinado was killed during the gunfight. She has vowed to continue to fight for the release of 23 of Reinado’s men who have been found guilty of crimes relating to the attack on President Horta on 11 February 2008.
She was found not guilty on 3 March 2010 and said outside the court, “I am extremely relieved to be exonerated by the court of any involvement in the events of February 11, 2008. My life has been on hold for over two years and it’s been an enormously stressful and emotional time for me. Today is the most important day of my life. I have rightfully regained my freedom. I’d like to say that I have learned that liberty is one of the most important things an individual can possess.”
Lauren Miller Cilento says “Angelita’s story is ongoing and one that I want to help her share with the world. She is beyond an inspiration; a fiercely passionate and intelligent woman who is not afraid to fight for her beliefs and the rights of those without a voice. In many ways, her story has only just begun in terms of the political future of East Timor.”
For enquiries regarding Angelita Pires please contact Lauren Miller Cilento at HMMG.
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