Financial Times: Ethiopia to release prominent political prisoners

Ethiopia to release prominent political prisoners

FT John Aglionby in Nairobi

Two Ethiopians considered by rights groups as among the country’s most prominent political prisoners are to be released as part of the government’s efforts to “foster national reconciliation” after almost three years of anti-regime protests. Andualem Aragie, vice president of the Unity for Democracy and Justice party and jailed for treason, and Eskinder Nega, a journalist who has been detained seven times on treason and terrorism charges, are in a group of 417 people serving sentences for terrorism, inciting violence and similar offences to be freed, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported on Thursday. Charges against a further 329 suspects are to be dropped, the media outlet said.

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