Opportunity for Ethiopia to release British father Andy Tsege

January 3, 2018

Image of Andy Tsege and his family

The Ethiopian Prime Minster has announced today that his government will be releasing some political prisoners and closing the notorious Maekelawi Prison in Addis Ababa.

British father-of-three, Andy Tsege, was kidnapped from an international airport in June 2014 and illegally transported to Ethiopia before being tortured. He was sentenced to death after being convicted of politically-motivated charges in his absence in 2009. It is not yet clear if he will be one of those released.

Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve said:

“This is a real opportunity for the Ethiopian government to recognise Andy’s desperate situation and ensure he is one of those released. After being kidnapped, illegally transported to Ethiopia, tortured and locked up on death row for the past three and a half years, it is long past time that Andy is returned to his partner and three children in London.”