Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Oromia region Supreme Court president accused the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of killing its critics

One of Ethiopia's most senior judges, Teshale Aberra, has left the country following "continued harassment" from the government, he has told the BBC

He also said the government was planning to appoint new, loyalist judges throughout the system.

Mr Meles had been seen as being part of a new generation of African leaders.

Mr Teshale is the latest in a series of senior officials - judges, diplomats and military commanders - to flee the country. He says he plans to seek asylum in the UK.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs say they have no reaction to the defection.


He told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that Mr Meles' government was just as bad as that of its predecessor, led by Mengistu Haile Mariam, who is accused of crimes against humanity.

"The difference is these guys are wise... These people kill whoever they like and then ask: 'Who killed them?'"

Another judge, Wolde-Michael Meshesha, recently fled the country after carrying out an investigation into the suppression of protests against alleged fraud in last year's elections.
In his report, he said the police had massacred 193 people.

His report said that the government had concealed the true extent of deaths at the hands of the police.

He claimed he had been put under pressure to alter his findings and fled into hiding in Europe when he received anonymous death threats.

Souce: BBC


At 2:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear all,

The next move by this government will be to make Ethiopia a virtual prison for Oromo officials which are filling government posts with out any power to speak of. It has already been the case that only very loyal officials travel overseas for the fear of defection. Nobody seems to be loyal to this bunkrupt political system except and Meles and his inner circle.

This news is just another peice out of hundreds of such cases.


At 7:50 AM, Anonymous bilisumma said...

Unless and otherwise the loyalist Tigrian it is imposable to serve in own profession and live in the empire. Because of this now a time thousands of educated and well trend professionals obliged to flee their homeland. At this time including several senior army officers have defected to Eritrea or joined rebel groups like the Oromo Liberation Front, which has been fighting for the freedom of Oromia. And also several senior court persons flee their homeland. The brutal regime has now expelled three senior army and air force officers. Air force Major General Almeshet Degfe and army Brigadier Generals Kumera Assefa and Asamenew Tsgie were kecked out from the military last week. So is the TPLF. Even sometimes he bits his loyalist because of loss of self confidence.


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