Thursday, May 29, 2008
The New York Times and other papers reported that the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia sentenced to death the country's former dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam. He had last year received a sentence of life imprisonment, but the court agreed with the prosecution that the life sentence was not sufficient for the genocide and other crimes committed during his 14-year rule. He has been in exile in Zimbabwe since 1991. The New York Times noted that he would likely not be returned to Ethiopia if President Robert Mugabe wins a runoff election next month in Zimbabwe.