Addis Ababa February 8, 2018 Some 746 prisoners and suspects will be pardoned and released, the Federal Attorney General disclosed today.
It is to be recalled that the Executive Committee of EPRDF had passed a decision to drop the cases of suspects under custody and those of prisoners after their cases are examined.
The individuals to be pardoned do not include those involved in murder, serious physical injury, destruction of the national economy, and attempt to forcefully undermine the constitution.
Accordingly, 417 prisoners sentenced at federal level for involvement in terrorism, chaos and disturbances, religious extremism and other crimes will be pardoned and released.
From among those to be pardoned, 298 are in the Federal Correctional Center and 119 in correctional centers in Amhara Region.
Among the prisoners to be pardoned are Eskender Nega and Andualem Arage who were sentenced for involvement in terrorism.
Similarly, the cases of 329 suspects were dropped. Of these 278 are at federal level, 33 in Tigray and 18 in Amhara regional states.
The pardoned prisoners and suspects will be released after receiving reform training.
The list of the prisoners to be pardoned and released has to be approved by the president before their release.
The Amhara and Oromia regions had released 6,376 prisoners and suspects in line with the decision passed by the Executive Committee of EPRDF.