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Romanian President, Ion Iliescu, yesterday decreed a pardon for eight Communist bosses who were jailed after the 1989 revolution for crimes of mass murder and abuses of power, Reuter reports from Bucharest. Mr Iliescu's gesture was bound to upset the opposition, who believe he is steadily rehabilitating Communists. All of the eight had been released during the past two years on grounds that they needed medical treatment or after reductions in their sentences.