Addis Ababa - Ethiopia's late Emperor Haile Selassie will be reburied on November 5 in a ceremony aimed at restoring the dignity of a monarch who died in murky circumstances 25 years ago.
The body of the aged emperor, who was deposed by military officers in 1974 and was either murdered or simply allowed to die of neglect a year later, will be buried in a tomb in the Orthodox Trinity Cathedral in the capital Addis Ababa.
"The ceremony is aimed at restoring the image of the late emperor, tarnished by the Marxist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam that murdered him," said Bitwoded Zwede Gbrehiwot, president of the Emperor Haile Selassie I Memorial Foundation.
"The emperor was defiled, humiliated and despicably treated by the fascist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam," Zwede told reporters.
The emperor's body was exhumed from beneath a toilet in 1992, a year after Mengistu's Marxist regime was overthrown in a rebellion.