Ethiopia has decided to extradite Ethiopian-born US national, Yohannes Nesibu, to the government of the United States where he is wanted for double-murder.
Yohannes, who is now in a detention centre in Ethiopia, is accused of killing two Ethiopians in Virginia and misusing two guns, said Zinabu Tunu, public relations office head of the Federal Attorney General of Ethiopia.
The decision was made following the request of the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division for his extradition, Zinabu told reporters on Thursday, 25 April 2019.
Upon request by the Ethiopian government, the United States had sent evidence proving that an arrest warrant was issued against him by Fairfax County Court on 1 April 2019, he said.
Based on the power and duties given to the Attorney General under Proclamation Number 943/2016 article 6, sub-article 12, a decision was made on 3 April 2019 to extradite Yohannes to the United States, he said.
His extradition also took into account his nationality, the pledge made by the US to treat him properly and the positive cooperation currently existing between the two countries in the justice sector, he indicated.
According to Zinabu, preparations are being completed to hand over the suspect to the US government.