Monday, September 10, 2012

Commutations in Ethiopia

It is reported that the 11-year sentences of reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson (arrested in July of 2011) have been commuted to expire at once. The Swedish journalists were jailed for "assisting an outlawed rebel group." The pardons are actually said to be part of almost 2,000 pardons approved before the death of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The condition of the clemency is that the two must leave the country within 24 hours. See story here.

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