Malawi court sentenced 16 Ethiopians to 6 months in prison

Elias Kifle | May 2nd, 2012

MALAWI (Zodiak Online) — In Rumphi, the magistrates court has sentenced sixteen Ethiopian nationals to six months in prison for illegal entry, further worsening congestion at the prison where inmates already sleep on top of each other due to lack of space.

Eighty others escaped after noting that they were being surrounded by police officers.

This year alone, over 500 illegal immigrants have been sentenced to Malawi prisons after being charged with illegal entry.

The 16 imprisoned Ethiopians are all male and their ages range from 18 to 29.

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