STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Two Swedish journalists convicted of terrorism in Ethiopia will seek a pardon instead of filing an appeal, a Swedish official said.
Spokesman Kent Oberg of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN the decision to pursue a pardon does not reflect any change in the view that the two men are innocent of the charges.
Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were convicted in December of helping a group that Ethiopia considers a terrorist organization and entering the country illegally.
Ethiopian state media said the two were captured in a prohibited region along the country's border with Somalia.
Schibbye's mother Karin told CNN that Ethiopia has a tradition of mercy and forgiveness and the two journalists "chose to rely on this tradition."
"They are innocent ... most experts have said that seeking a pardon is the best way forward," she said.