We reported earlier that the Ethiopian government accepted Birtukan Mideksa’s petition and granted her pardon for second time and, thus, she is released from Kaliti Federal Prison this morning.
Here is her Petition for Pardon and Oral statement aired by the State owned ETV.
Birtukan’s Statement on ETV
Petition for Pardon
June 2007 –
An Ethiopian Court sentenced Bitukan Mideksa, with other CUD[Kinijit] leaders, to life imprisonment on charges of attempt to subvert the constitutional order.
Birtukan Mideksa and other CUD leaders petitioned for Pardon by a letter to the Prime Minister .
July 18/2007 –
Birtukan Mideksa and other CUD leaders released from Prison on Pardon. The Pardon was based on a pre-condition that they respect and observe the Constitution and the Constitutional order.
Nov. 2008 –
Birtukan Mideksa, in a public speech to the Ethiopian Diaspora in Sweden, declared the Pardon has no legally invalid, thus not binding.
December 10/2008 –
The Federal Police Commissioner summoned Birtukan Mideksa and requested her to retract her statement.
December 25/2010 –
The Federal Police Commissioner warned Birtukan Mideksa, in person, to retract her statement or face the consequences.
December 30/2010 –
The Board of Pardon revoked Birtukan’s Pardon. She was sent to Kaliti Federal Prison to resume serving her life sentence.
Sept 15/2010 –
Birtukan Mideksa submitted a petition for pardon to the Prime Minister for a second time.
Sept 16/2010 to Oct 6 2010 –
The Prime Minister sent the petition to the Board of Pardon.
The Federal Prison administration submitted to the Board of Pardon a Pardon Application Form filled by Birtukan Mideksa.
The Board of Pardon sent its members to verify the petition and ascertain her regret.
The Board deliberated on the matter and recommended her release on pardon to the President of the Republic.
President W/Giorgis approved the pardon.
Oct 6/2010 –
Birtukan Mideksa released from Kaliti Federal Prison went to her home early in the morning around 7a.m. [Ethiopian time]
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