Mengistu HaileMariam

** FILE ** Former Ethiopian president Mengistu Haile Marian, is seen in Ethiopia, in this Aug. 9, 1990 file photo. Mariam, the Ethiopian dictator who directed the “Red Terror” against supposed enemies of his Soviet-backed regime, was convicted Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, of genocide in a rare case of an African strongman being called to account by his own country. Mengistu has been living in exile in Zimbabwe since 1992 and was convicted in absentia after a 12-year trial. He could face the death penalty at his Dec. 28 sentencing, but Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said he won’t deport Mengistu if he refrains from making political statements or comments to the press.(AP Photo/Aris Saris)