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By Ido Vock
BBC News Ethiopia is set to begin the third phase of repatriating 70,000 of its citizens from Saudi Arabia.
Federal prosecutors accuse Rwandan-born Eric Nshimiye of concealing his involvement in mass murder. Ethiopia's foreign ministry says the citizens "are in a difficult situation" in the Gulf country.
The repatriations will begin in two weeks.
Saudi Arabia had asked foreign workers residing in the country without legal rights to leave or face jail time.
The country hosts an estimated 750,000 Ethiopians, more than half of whom are in the country illegally, according
to the UN migration agency IOM.
They include workers, job seekers and refugees fleeing conflict in the Horn of Africa nation.
Human rights groups have previously said that some Ethiopian migrants have faced rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, including torture and killings.
Saudi Arabia has repatriated more than 350,000 Ethiopians since 2017, according to IOM.
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