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Ethiopia pardons 746 prisoners

By on February 9, 2018
Le gouvernement éthiopien a déclaré l'Etat d'urgence et accusé les ennemis extérieurs notamment l'Egypte d'être derrière les troubles dans la région Oromo

Ethiopia will release 746 more prisoners, including the journalist Eskinder Nega and opposition politician Andualem Aragewho were jailed for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, the attorney general’s office said on Thursday.

Nearly 6,000 prisoners have been freed since January. Most were detained for alleged involvement in mass protests that broke out three years ago in its Oromiya and Amhara regions over accusations of land grabbing and political marginalisation.

Blogger and journalist Eskinder Nega was arrested in 2011 and accused of trying to incite violence with a series of online articles. He was jailed for 18 years.

In the same case, Andualem Arage from the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party was jailed for life.

Since 2015, hundreds died in violence in the Horn of Africa country’s largest province Oromiya.

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