Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Ethiopian government has “pardoned” Ethiopian and Swedish journalists jailed for organizing a “terrorist” network and assisting “outlawed” rebel groups including banned political opposition party, Ginbot 7.
According to Awramba Times sources, Editor Woubshet Taye, Reporter Martin Schibbye, Photographer Johan Persson, opposition leader Zerihun Gebregziabher and Hirut Kifle will be released today in the eve of the Ethiopian new year.
“These journalists submitted their petition to the late Prime Minister before June and … (President Girma Woldegiorgis) arrived at a decision to grant pardon to them,” Berhan Hailu, Justice Minister told journalists today.
“Within 24 hours they have to leave the country.” Birhanu added.
The so-called pardon was approved before the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a couple of months ago.