Addis Ababa - Ethiopia has pardoned two Swedish
journalists jailed for assisting an outlawed rebel group and the pair
will be released soon, a government source said on Monday.
Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested In July
2011, after entering the country from neighbouring Somalia with fighters
from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group.
1 900 prisoners have been pardoned and are scheduled to be released in
the coming days. The Swedish journalists are part of the group," the
source told Reuters.
A news conference announcing the pardon was scheduled for 14:00 GMT, the source added.
government source said the pardon was approved before the death of the
late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died on 20 August after a long
Addis Ababa often grants mass pardons and announces the
decisions ahead of major holidays, in particular the Ethiopian New Year
which is celebrated on 11 September.