Ethiopia announced the pardon of well-known political prisoners | Abi Ahmed News

The government stated that it will release several major TPLF members and opposition leaders of the Oromo and Amhara tribes.

The Ethiopian government announced that it will pardon and release some of the country’s most high-profile political prisoners, including Jawar Mohamed And senior officials of the Tigray Party.

As Ethiopia celebrates Orthodox Christmas, Prime Minister Abi Ahmed issued a statement calling for “national reconciliation,” which was announced on Friday.

It lists several key members of the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) whose troops have been in brutal clashes with government forces in northern Ethiopia since November 2020, as well as from the Oromo and Amhara communities Famous opposition leader.

It is not clear how many people who have been pardoned have been released.

This is the most striking move taken by the government so far after the country’s deadly Tigray War entered a new phase in late December. The Tigray army retreated to their area In the military offensive, the Ethiopian army stated that they Will not advance further There.

Ethiopia’s national broadcasting company EBC named Jawar and Eskind Nega, who were detained in July 2020 for a fatal riot caused by the killing of popular Oromo artists Hachalu Hundessa, As those who received amnesty.

On Friday night, the leader of the Valderas Party, Eskind, left the detention center.

But Tuli Bayis, an attorney for Jawar, the Federalist Congress of Oromo, and others told the Associated Press that they refused to leave the prison facility because the release order was issued later in the day.

“They have a safety risk, so they are more willing to leave the correctional facility during the day,” Tuli said, adding that he was not sure why they were ordered to be released now. “We heard that this is an amnesty, and this is what we know now.”

The Ethiopian Ministry of Justice stated that the pardon of Jawar and Niga is to “make the upcoming national dialogue successful and inclusive.”

Ethiopian lawmakers approved a bill on December 29 to establish a National Dialogue Committee under pressure from the international community to negotiate an end to the war.

The National Broadcasting Corporation also appointed several senior officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front party in power in Tigray to receive an amnesty and stated that they will be released soon.

They include Sebhat Nega, Kidusan Nega, Abay Woldu, Abadi Zemu, Mulu Gebregziabher and Kiros Hagos. They were arrested at the end of 2020 when government forces occupied most of the Tigray area shortly after the war broke out between the Tigray army and the Ethiopian army.

The Ministry of Justice stated that TPLF detainees “have been amnesty given their age and health status”.

Friday’s announcement came the day after the US’s outgoing Horn of Africa special envoy Jeffrey Feltman met with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and once again urged negotiations to end the war.