British national Andy Tsege back in UK after years on death row in Ethiopia

British national Andy Tsege back in UK after years on death row in Ethiopia

Andy Tsege was held in solitary confinement in Ethiopia after the authorities there accused him of being a terrorist

(Sky News) — A British national who spent four years on death row in Ethiopia has arrived back in the UK after being pardoned last month.

Supporters surrounded Andargachew Tsege, known as Andy, as he walked through arrivals at Heathrow Airport.

He told Sky News correspondent Ian Woods he was “overjoyed” to be home.

Mr Tsege was kidnapped in Yemen in 2014 and taken to Ethiopia, which he left in the 1970s after criticising the country’s ruling party.

The father-of-three sought asylum in the UK in 1979.

Andy Tsege’s family were waiting for him at Heathrow

In 2009, he was accused by the Ethiopian authorities of being a terrorist, tried with others in his absence and sentenced to death.

After being taken back to Ethiopia, he was held in secret detention and solitary confinement for a year.