ETHIOPIA PARDONS SENIOR OPPOSITION LEADER SENTENCED TO DEATH
May 26, 2018:
Ethiopia pardoned an opposition leader with British citizenship who had been sentenced to death, the latest in a series of pardons and releases of jailed dissidents announced in the wake of years of violent unrest. (Sources: Reuters, 26/05/2018)
Andargachew Tsige was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009 over his role in the opposition group Ginbot 7, leading to his arrest in Yemen five years later and extradition to Ethiopia.
Andargachew served as secretary-general of the anti-government group, which describes itself as a reform movement but is branded a terrorist organization by Addis Ababa.
Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said on may 26 Andargachew has been pardoned "under special circumstances" along with 575 other inmates.
The decisions were made with the "intention of widening political space," the attorney general told reporters in the capital, Addis Ababa. Andargachew is expected to be released within the next two days.