Friday, July 11, 2014

Ethiopia PM Hailemariam defends Andargachew Tsege arrest

(July 11, 2014, (BBC))--Ethiopia had a moral obligation to arrest the opposition leader who was controversially extradited from Yemen last month, Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn has told the BBC.

"Andargachew Tsege is a Trojan horse for the Eritrean government to destabilise this country," he said. He was sentenced to death in 2009 while in exile for plotting a coup. Foreign governments could express their concern, but the man would be dealt with according to the law, the PM said.

Andargachew, a UK national, is secretary-general of Ethiopia's banned Ginbot 7 movement. The group says Andargachew was on his way from the United Arab Emirates to Eritrea when he was detained at Sanaa airport on 24 June. Ethiopia and Eritrea are long-time rivals and the neighbours fought a bitter border war between 1998 -2000, which left some 100,000 people dead. 

'Caught red-handed'
Earlier this week, the British Foreign Office said it had raised its "deep concerns" with both Ethiopia and Yemen over Andargachew's extradition and had requested reassurances that the death penalty, imposed in absentia, would not be carried out. Read more from  BBC » 

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