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Ethiopia frees 9,800 detainees

Nearly 10,00 people detained under the current state of emergency in Ethiopia were freed on Wednesday,  deputy government spokesman Zadig Abraha has confirmed to the BBC.

On Saturday, the government said more than 24,000 people have been arrested since the state of emergency was declared three months ago and half that number still remain in custody without charge. 

The government has dismissed reports by human rights and opposition groups that many of those arrested have been tortured at various camps and their families have been refused permission to see them.


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