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Benishangul-Gumuz region pardons 86, including former officials convicted of ethnic-based attacks

Benishangul-Gumuz region pardons 86, including former officials convicted of ethnic-based attacks

The #Metekel Zone in #Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region has released 86 individuals under a special pardon, including former government officials convicted of crimes related to ethnic-based attacks that have occurred in the area since 2019.

According to the zone’s justice department, the pardoned individuals were convicted under Articles 240 and 270 of the criminal code for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order by force” and “inciting the people against the government.” The group includes former regional and district leaders, as well as farmers and youth who had been sentenced to 20-22 years in prison.

Atinkut Shitu, Metekel Zone Administrator told the BBC that the pardon was granted in response to petitions from the convicted individuals and their lawyers. The request was supported by local districts, the zone, and the regional government before being approved by federal authorities.

Addressing concerns about the impact on justice for victims’ families, Atinkut stated, “I do not believe that granting amnesty to these people compromises justice. Moreover, the community is very pleased… Ensuring peace through reconciliation will not cause any further problems and will not undermine justice.”

The administration reports that the released individuals were granted amnesty conditionally and may have the opportunity to return to their previous government positions. Meanwhile, about 80 additional amnesty requests are currently under review by the justice department.

https://www.bbc.com/amharic/articles/c28exlv329ro


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