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Ethiopia's ex-PM removes image of genocide perpetrator

Publish date: 06 August 2018
Issue Number: 785
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

Ethiopia's former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has removed a controversial Facebook photo showing him smiling next to the country's exiled Marxist ex-military ruler, Mengistu Mariam. However, images of the meeting, taken in Zimbabwe where Mengistu has lived for nearly three decades, have been widely shared on social media. BBC News reports that Hailemariam is a member of the coalition that overthrew Mengistu and he was in Zimbabwe last week heading an AU election observer mission. Mengistu, who oversaw a campaign known as the ‘Red Terror’ in which thousands of people were killed, was found guilty in absentia of genocide in 2007.

Full BBC News report