On the Way Out of Harare, Through Ethiopia, to the Judgment Hall of Man

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Augusto Pinochet managed to die a free man, but Ethiopia's former thug-in-chief Mengistu Haile Mariam might not be so lucky. A court in Addis Ababa has convicted him in absentia for genocide and other crimes committed during a reign that saw the Red Terror of the '70s, a lethal mass relocation, and a series of man-made famines.

Mengistu currently lives in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe has thus far refused to deport the dictator. Must be one of those honor-among-thieves things.

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