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ASSURANCE URGED FOR DETAINED BRITON
By Press Association
The Ethiopian government has been pressed to provide guarantees that a British national facing the death penalty will not be executed.
Political activist Andargachew Tsige has been detained in Ethiopia for six weeks following his removal from Yemen and denied consular access from British officials, the Foreign Office said.
He is secretary general of the banned Ginbot 7 movement, with reports stating he was sentenced to death in his absence in 2009 for plotting a coup - charges he and others denied.
Demeke Atnafu, charge d'affaires at the Ethiopian embassy in the UK, was summoned to the Foreign Office to meet Africa Minister Mark Simmonds.
In a statement, the Foreign Office said: "Mr Simmonds expressed deep concern that the Ethiopian authorities had not allowed consular access to Mr Andargachew Tsige, a British national who has now been detained in Ethiopia for six weeks after being removed from Yemen.
"Mr Simmonds asked the charge to urge his government to deliver on previous commitments to provide consular access without further delay and to provide assurances that they do not intend to carry out the death penalty imposed in absentia."
Amnesty International says Ethiopian opposition leader Mr Tsige disappeared at Sana'a airport in Yemen while travelling between the United Arab Emirates and Eritrea in June.
They have asked the Ethiopian authorities to guarantee he is not tortured or ill-treated.
The British government should demand the un-conditional release of Ato Tsige. He was abducted illegally and the death sentence passed on him was politically motivated. It is absurd that the British government has been very weak in standing against dictators.
Amnesty international. ……shut up. If this guy was attacking your organization the way he was attacking Ethiopia you would not be on his side…… I just wish there was a political group that could take on the EPRDF regime WITHOUT radical or crazy ideals…..I rather prefer a current peaceful Ethiopia where some are quietly arrested every now and then instead of a full front civil war that is wanted by most of the rebel and political groups…. civil war VERSUS a government that arrests some out spoken people but maintains infrastructure development…..Prefer option B
Are you serious!!! guarantee from torture!! let us not forget we are talking about Ethiopian leaders…..wishful thinking but there is no guarantee in life.
Mr Tsige he is now at rest. Pls!!! Don’t go to all that bother for him.
Flying to Eritrea? Come on ! A shabia wisshhaa . Drop him into active volcano.
What kind of a jock is this: a British national and an Ethiopian opposition leader!!!
This idiot who collaborated with archy enemy and wage war from Eritrea wont escape justice.
What do you want the British government to do?Ginbot 7 has either to beg or to fight Ethiopian government to release Andi period. I guess both option aren’t suitable for you!!!!!! Keep begging Americans, human rights, EU, British…..bla bla bla…. What a fool. Was he advised by the British government to a terrorist ha? No he didn’t. Berhanu need to take responsibility on this case. Kkkk the person who never left US even for a vacation….
It’s true when the said those Ethiopians who live in USA are in comma?
I assure you that the British government is saying, “we are glad that he is out of our country. Let him burn in hell.” The above article is called lip-service. They will not dare telling Ethiopia what to do. If they do, there will be alshabab trained British nationals in London streets.
Andualem arage now behind bars, once urged his followers in a meeting, how they should antagonize the govt in every way possible so that the govt has no choice but arrest them. He said, “we need to be arrested, because when we are in jail the whole world will pay attention and our supporters will have cause to make noise".
Even though Andualem arage is being rotten in kaliti, the old dogs, diaspora opposition losers have kept their promise to shout and bark whenever they get a chance. And that’s all they can do. Thanks to the tolerance of the west, they will bark and shout for the ages to come or until their death.
UK could have him released immediately. Why Britain support this brutal dictatorship is mind boggling. Shame.
Dear Samuel Desta,
We can’t go on not caring for our country with fear of whoever has the upper hand in Ethiopia. How long do you think dictatorship can be sustained? Those who care are doing what they can to alievate their conscious.
You and I are cowards who will not see our brothers and sisters live in peace!!! Ever!!!
Think about it !!! Don’t just be a dog on a leash!!
Vulgar Addis AIDS, you are very much similar like EBOLA virus. When the infected or infested organisms die, the pathogen also die.If you have enough balls just like opposition DIASPORA who have shouted their motto on the streets of foreign soil, why do not you organize similar protest on the same street too. You know that no more Ethiopians follow you except some prostitute AGAMES and HODAMES. Opposition DIASPORA do not shout against Ethiopia and Ethiopians. They shouted against your divisive and inhuman like politics. We shouted against Woyanes who are good for nothing human like creatures. Your mind is very much full of life less jelly like substance with irregular shape and size just like the flesh of Cactus fruit (BELES or KULKAI or TINI). We underrate and condemn your non-sense DEDEBIT and DEDEBOTCH politics
The Ehiopian should make sure make an example of this idiot terrorist (Andargachew) to give lesson to other terrorists in the future, no terrorist should be tolerated in Ethiopia.
…knock..knock!!….Where is my sugar daddy“afe-whisky“army force??…or..Gnboo-ras7..aka big Macdonald,berger,Dc cab Army force….??
The so called Anti-Terrorism Taskforce of the National Intelligence and and Federal Police have many undisclosed locations in the heart of Addis where they conduct there torture. Nice villas with basements.
As it is known, Andargachew is visiting in one of those houses. In those guest houses days are longer than years. The famous ” Wabela” is equipped and ready to use all those technique that we see in Hollywood movies of tortures, to try it on its guests.
Asking weyanne a guarantee he is not tortured or ill-treated is the same as leaving a donkey to a hungry hyena and prey it is not going to be eaten!….
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