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Ethiopia to Free Political Prisoners

Ethiopia to drop charges, free imprisoned politicians
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Ethiopia to drop charges, free imprisoned politicians

Addis Ababa, Janaury 3,2017 (FBC) –Chief administrators of the four member parties of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) today issued a joint press conference on current national and regional issues.

In order to build national consensus and widen the democratic platform, a decision has been made to drop charges and pardon imprisoned politicians and individuals, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said at the event.

The decision also includes pardoning previously sentenced politicians.

A decision has also been made for the closure of an investigation center commonly known as Maekelawi which the Derg regime had been using to torture people under the guise of investigation.

The center will be turned into a museum.

As a replacement, an investigation center which meets international standard was built as per the proclamation approved by the House of People’s Representatives (HPR).

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