Swedish journalists in Ethiopia to seek pardon

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Posted: Jan 10, 2012 10:40 AM
Swedish journalists in Ethiopia to seek pardon

Two Swedish journalists convicted of supporting terrorism in Ethiopia say they will seek a pardon from the African country's government instead of appealing their 11-year prison terms.

In a brief statement emailed Tuesday to The Associated Press by their spokeswoman Anna Roxvall, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson said "there's a tradition of pardoning and forgiving in Ethiopia and we choose to trust in this tradition."

The reporters were captured by Ethiopian troops six months ago after illegally entering the country with the help of an ethnic Somali rebel group.

They have acknowledged illegal entry but denied the terror charges, saying they were gathering news about a Swedish oil company exploring Ethiopia's Somali region for oil.