Ethiopia: Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to investigate fire at Kilinto

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Commission to investigate cause of fire outbreak, handling of inmates at Kilinto

Addis Ababa, September 9, 2016 (FBC) –The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it would investigate the cause of the fire accident and handling of inmates at Kilinto correctional center next week.

After visiting the center today, Chief Commissioner of EHRC, Dr Addisu Gebregziabher, said works were underway to renovate soon the buildings damaged by fire and bring back those inmates transferred to other centers.

It is to be recalled that a fire which broke out at the center last Saturday left 23 people dead as well as injured 9 inmates and police members.

Dr Addisu said his Commission would conduct the investigation in partnership with pertinent bodies.

According to the Commissioner, the inmates were transferred temporarily to Zeway and Shewa Robit correctional centers. Hence, their families and relatives can visit them by travelling to these areas.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat

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