Following Prime Minisster Hailemariam Desalegn’s promise to release political prisoners in Ethiopia, Mr Andargachew Tsege’s wife Yemi Hailemariam told the BBC she is “hopeful” but has her doubts until she hears more.
LONDON, UK―The wife of a British man imprisoned in Ethiopia has said she feels “optimistic” after the government said it would free its political prisoners.
Opposition activist Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege was seized nearly four years ago in Yemen and taken to Ethiopia.
His wife Yemi Hailemariam, who lives in Islington, north London, told the BBC she is “hopeful” but has her doubts until she hears more.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister made the promise on Wednesday.
It was unclear from Hailemariam Desalegn’s surprise announcement exactly who will be released or when it will happen.
Mr Andargachew Tsege: Sentenced to death
Mr Andargachew, a UK national, has been in prison in Ethiopia since being arrested during a stopover at a Yemen airport in June 2014.
The father of three was sentenced to death while in exile for plotting a coup – which he denied.
Mr Andargachew had been secretary-general of Ethiopia’s banned Ginbot 7 movement.
Mr Andargachew’s wife says her overall optimism about the prime minister’s announcement is clouded by some doubt as it is unclear who will be released or when.
She added that she saw it as a “very credible” announcement though.
But she is keeping the news from her youngest children to prevent them from getting their hopes up.
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