This is the first time the government has acknowledged holding political prisoners. "Political prisoners that are facing prosecutions and are already under arrest will be released," Hailemariam said. Rights groups and opposition groups in Ethiopia had been calling for the release of political prisoners, saying they were arrested on trumped-up charges and punished for their points of view. "In fact, there's a clear difference between political prisoners and politicians in prison," said Amha Mekonnen, a lawyer for well-known jailed politician Bekele Gerba. "But I believe those in detention are political prisoners.
Source: Ethiopian News January 03, 2018 11:37 UTC