Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I need break time, says Burtukan Mideksa

The jailed opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa, chairperson of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) who was released on Wednesday after requesting for a pardon, said that her time in prison was difficult.“I was imprisoned for 21 months and I am not well informed about the country’s political situation and my party’s current state. So I want to take time and review things before I make any decision,” Birtukan said at a briefing she gave yesterday.Birtukan sent a petition asking to be pardoned to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who referred it to the Federal Pardon Board. After verifying the authenticity of her plea through the proper legal procedure and making its own additional inquiry into the sincerity of Birtukan’s request, the board unanimously made a recommendation for her release. The statement said Birtukan was released from prison after the president approved the recommendation and granted her pardon.After one year and nine months of imprisonment Birtukan left the Kality Prison and was welcomed by her daughter Hale Mideksa, her mother Almaz Gebregzabeher, party colleagues and well wishers.Source ( Reporter)


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