Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ethiopia: Eight Thousand Plus Pardons!

President Girma Woldegiorgis has approved a Pardon Board’s decision to free 2,620 prisoners in Federal Prison. The decision was prompted, in part, out of consideration for the upcoming Ethiopian New Year. But a spokesman notes pardons are only granted after application and this round of pardons has "taken in to account the repentance exhibited on the part of the prisoners and their likelihood to refrain from similar acts upon their release." In addition, pardons are not being granted to those convicted of "genocide, corruption, terrorism and copyright violations." It is also reported that the South Ethiopia Peoples’ Regional Government has pardoned 5,671 prisoners. See story here.

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