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Ethiopia reburies Mengistu dead
Mengistu shows no signs of repentance
Ethiopia says it has reburied the remains of 87 people killed during the rule of the former military leader, Mengistu Haile Mariam.

The Ethiopian state news agency says the bodies were exhumed from mass graves for a Christian reburial in the eastern town of Adame.

It says the victims were executed without trial by death squads during what became known as the red terror.

In Mengistu's 17 years of rule, an estimated 150,000 people were killed.

Mengistu, who has been living in exile in Zimbabwe since he was overthrown in 1991, has been charged with genocide and human rights abuses.

More than 5,000 people have been tried or are awaiting trial for murders committed during his rule.

A father of one of the victims told the Ethiopian News Agency that all of those killed were high school students.

"They were executed and their bodies were dumped on road side as warning to others and later dumped in mass graves dug by a grader," Biru Woldegiorgise said.

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