The Trial of Mengistu and other Derg Members for Genocide, Torture and Summary Execution in Ethiopia
in Murungu,C and Biegon,J, Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa, PULP (Pretoria University Law Press), Pretoria, South Africa, pp.163-184. 2011
22 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2015
Date Written: 2011
The Chief Special Prosecutor in his latest report to the House of Peoples Representatives (Federal Parliament) on 4 February 2010 indicated that the trials which started eighteen years ago against former Ethiopian government officials accused of committing various international crimes would come to an end in two months’ time. In his report, which appears to be the last major report of such nature, he indicated that 384 criminal investigation files were opened in various regions of the country in Addis Ababa (Federal Court) and in the Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, Harari and South Regional states. The case of Special Prosecutor v Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam & Others is the most prominent of these. This essay examines these trials by the federal courts and their contributions to post-conflict justice in Ethiopia.
Keywords: International Criminal Law, Criminal Law, Post Conflict Justice, Transitional Justice
JEL Classification: K14, K33
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