Andy Tsege is Pardoned by Ethiopia

May 26, 2018

Image of Andy Tsege and his family

After almost four years on death row in Ethiopia, British citizen Andy Tsege has received a pardon from the Ethiopian Government today.

Andy was originally sentenced to death in his absence in 2009 while he was living in London with his family on charges that were widely seen as politically motivated. He was detained at an international airport in June 2014 and illegally transported to Ethiopia where he has been ever since.

Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve said:

“After four unbelievably hard years for on death row this is wonderful news for Andy, his partner and their children. The new Ethiopian government should be recognised for what they have done today. The most important thing now is that Andy is released from prison and able to reunite with his family as soon as possible.”

Andy’s partner, Yemi Hailemariam, said:

“I am so thankful that the pain and anguish my children have had to go through could now soon be coming to an end. Helawit, Yilak and Menabe have spent too long without their father and we are all hoping Andy will be free to come home to us soon.”