The sentencing of the former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam and other top officials of the Derg regime (1974-1991) convicted in mid December of genocide has been rescheduled for 11 January to allow the federal high court to consider appeals by both sides. Sentencing had originally been set for 28 December. Mengistu, who is living in exile in Zimbabwe, was tried in absentia along with dozens of other officials and members of the Marxist junta for the murder of thousands of suspected opponents during the 17 years of military rule, and especially during the