Saturday, January 24, 2015

UK diplomats clash over Briton on death row in Ethiopia:

(Jan 24, 2015, (Daily Mail))--An explosive row has erupted between diplomats and Ministers over their reluctance to help a British man on death row in Ethiopia. A series of extraordinary emails, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, reveal officials’ increasing frustration at political inaction over Andargachew Tsege.

Tsege, 59, a father-of-three from London, was snatched at an airport in Yemen last June and illegally rendered to Ethiopia. There are concerns he may have been torture. Yet Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he could not ‘find time’ for a phone call to raise the issue and did not want to send a ‘negative’ letter.

In one email, an exasperated official asks: ‘Don’t we need to do more than give them a stern talking to?’ Tsege, who has lived in the UK since 1979, has been called Ethiopia’s Nelson Mandela.  Read more the full story at Daily Mail »

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