Fikru Maru Hans Bagner
Fikru Maru and his lawyer Hans Bagner Credit: TT

Fikru Maru released from prison in Ethiopia

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Swedish heart surgeon Fikru Maru walked out of prison this afternoon after spending the past five years behind bars in Ethiopia.

Maru's lawyer Hans Bagner welcomed the news on Tuesday that was first reported by Swedish Television

Speaking to the broadcaster, Maru said he couldn't wait to come home after his long, legal ordeal in the nation of his birth.

"I want to come home now, I'm coming home to Sweden, I promise," he said.

Bagner tells Radio Sweden that it is hard to believe the news of Maru's release. Bagner had served as Maru's legal aid in Sweden since October 2013, when Maru was first charged with bribery.

"We couldn't fully count on (his release) until it was exact and seemingly now, he is free," Bagner says. "Now we are only waiting for him to be able to travel back to Sweden."

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