Ethiopian-born doctor returns to Sweden after being freed

A Swedish doctor who had been imprisoned in his native Ethiopia on charges of corruption and terrorism has returned to Sweden.

Fikru Maru tells “I didn’t believe in it until I actually sat in the plane and it took off, ” according to the Expressen daily after being therefore welcomed family and friends at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport Friday.

Fikru was released Wednesday. He was arrested in 2013 after a years-long disagreement over equipment for his cardiology clinic in Addis Ababa. The terrorism charge went years later where reference is and others were accused of starting a deadly flame in the prison where they were held.

In January, Ethiopia’s former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn promised to free members of political parties and others after more than a year of anti-government protests.

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