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Death sentence for ex-dictator

May 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Ethiopia's Supreme Court sentenced exiled dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam and 18 other officials to death, a prosecutor said.

Yoseph Kiros said the judgment delivered justice for the thousands of people slain during Mengistu's 17-year rule.

The former president, a Marxist who was driven from power in 1991 by the current regime, is living in exile in Zimbabwe and is not expected to be extradited.

The other officials are in Ethiopian custody.

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