Nation Pardons over 7,700 Prisoners for New Year

ADDIS ABEBA – The Federal Attorney General said 1,087 inmates will be granted pardon in connection with the New Year. Ethiopian New Year (2012 E.C.) will start on September 12.

Among the inmates that will be given pardon include 367 inmates from Kaliti, 28 from Ziway and 439 from Shewa Robit prison centers, according to Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye.

They will join the society as of Tuesday, he said.

On a similar move, Amhara and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional States granted pardoned for 4, 329 and 2,366 inmates, respectively.

The majority of them are women, according to the communication bureaus of the two regions.

It is not uncommon for prisoners to be released as part of events to mark the new year.

But correspondents say Ethiopia is also keen to show reforms in the prison sector, recently turning a notorious torture chamber – the Maekelawi detention center in Addis Ababa – into a museum.

It’s opening last Friday was part of what has been dubbed “a month for justice” to highlight achievements in reforming the justice sector since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018.

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