Ethiopia pardons hundreds of prisoners ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebration

About 538 prisoners have been pardoned ahead of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Christmas. The office of the Attorney General announced the release ahead of the Christmas celebration which is set to take place on January 7th.

The inmates were reportedly released from both regional and federal prisons. The government gave priority to elderly prisoners, mothers, and people in need of special attention.

Officials did not include prisoners who committed terrible crimes like homicide, rape, and corruption. Ethiopia has pardoned over 1,200 inmates under its newly enacted Amnesty Law. […] CONTINUE READING