Saturday, May 26, 2018

Ethiopia Pardons Prominent Rebel Leader
2018-05-26 21:21:48

ADDIS ABABA, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia Federal Attorney General announced on Saturday a decision has been made to pardon a prominent rebel leader, Andargachew Tsige.

Tsige, a British citizen of Ethiopian origin, has been serving a prison sentence since June 2014, for leading and directing an outlawed rebel group Ginbot 7, based mainly in Ethiopia's arch-foe Eritrea. Ethiopian law doesn't allow dual citizenship.

The state media Ethiopia News Agency reports Tsige was pardoned under "special reasons" with the intervention of the attorney general.

Prisoner releases are part of the Ethiopian government's promises to institute political reform and affirm commitment to good governance.

Since the swearing of new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on April 2, several thousand prisoners including prominent opposition figures and activists have been released.

Editor: Li Xia

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