ADDIS ABABA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Thursday Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh has pardoned 45 Ethiopians serving time in Djiboutian prisons for various offences.
In a press statement, the Spokesperson Office of MoFA, said the Ethiopians who were serving prison sentences in Djiboutian prisons ranging from one year to ten years were pardoned as a goodwill gesture during Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday which will be celebrated later this week.
The ministry further said the 45 pardoned Ethiopians are expected to be released from Djiboutian prisons in the coming few days and be repatriated to Ethiopia shortly after that.
MoFA's statement failed to disclose the reason the pardoned Ethiopians were jailed in Djibouti.
However, it is estimated thousands of Ethiopians are trafficked to Djibouti every year on transit to reach the Arabian Peninsula.
Many of the Ethiopians are subsequently arrested for illegal entry spending months and in some cases years in Djiboutian prisons.
On Tuesday, MoFA announced it had repatriated 361 Ethiopians from Djibouti who were stranded in the country after failing to cross the Arabian Peninsula because of the civil war in Yemen.