Notorious prison to be closed
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia’s government has ordered the release of all its political prisoners and the closure of its notorious Maekelawi prison camp.
The prison used to be home to several dozen high-profile figures. Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn issued the order this week as part of what he said was an effort “to create a national consensus and widen the democratic space for all”.
He did not say when the releases would take place, nor did he specify how many prisoners would be affected. – DPA