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Ethiopia court found former senior opposition figure Yonatan Tesfaye guilty of terrorism charges

Mahlet Fasil

The Federal High court fourth criminal bench has passed a guilty verdict against Yonatan Tesfaye, former opposition Blue Party public relations head.

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Yonatan Tesfaye

Yonatan was first arrested in December 2015, barely a month after the first wave of a year-long #Oromoprotests erupted. He was held incommunicado during the pre-trial weeks and was subsequently charged in May 2016 under Ethiopia’s infamous anti-terrorism proclamation (ATP).

Yonatan has been defending the charges against him since then. The charges of ‘encouragement of terrorism’, stipulated under article six of the ATP, were largely drawn from his Facebook activism during the protests. According to article six of the ATP, “Whosoever publishes or causes the publication of a statement that is likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the public to whom it is published as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducements to them to the commission or preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism…” is subject to terrorism charges.

He had presented several defense witnesses, including prominent opposition party leaders from the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Bekele Gerba and Dr. Merera Gudina, who are in jail at the time of their testimony fighting charges of terrorism and multiple criminal charges respectively, and journalist Eskendir Nega, who is serving 18 years in prison for terrorism-related charges.

In addition, Yonatan’s close friend Ephrem Tayachew, his father Tesfaye Regassa, and his sister Gedamnesh Tesfaye as well as academicians from the Addis Abeba University (AAU), including the outspoken philosopher Dr. Dagnachew Assefa and Dr. Yaqob Hailemariam have all appeared in court to testify in defense of Yonatan’s innocence.

However, on May 16, 2017 the court in its verdict overruled all defense testimonials by upholding prosecutors’ accusations. Yonatan’s sentencing is adjourned to May 25, 2017.
Yonatan could face from ten to 20 years rigorous prison term in a federal prison; however, the court ruled that he can appeal for a minimum sentence.

***According to new information Addis Standard received, after the sentencing is handed over, Yonatan’s defense team, led by his lawyer Shibiru Belete, is planning to object to the verdict and appeal for the charges to be reduced to criminal charges.

Source: Addisstandard

ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ይቅርታ እንደማይጠይቅ አስታወቀ

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የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ዓርማ

ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ ጽሕፈት ቤትን እስከ ጥር 4 ቀን 2007 ዓ.ም. ድረስ በጽሑፍ ይቅርታ ይጠይቅ በማለት የተላለፈው ውሳኔ ከሕግ አግባብ ውጪ ስለሆነ ተቃውሞውን በመግለጽ ይቅርታ እንደማይጠይቅ አስታወቀ፡፡

የቦርዱ የሕዝብ ግንኙነት ዳይሬክቶሬት ዳይሬክተር አቶ ደምሰው በንቲ ባለፈው ሐሙስ በጽሕፈት ቤታቸው በሰጡት መግለጫ፣ ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ የምርጫ ቦርድን ስም አጥፍቷል ብለዋል፡፡ ‹‹በተሻሻለው የምርጫ ሕግ አንቀጽ 102 (4)ሀ፣ ለ እና ሠ እንዲሁም 102 (6) ሐ መሠረት የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የቦርዱን ሥልጣን መቀበል፣ ሕጋዊ ትዕዛዙንና መመርያውን የማክበር ግዴታ እንዳለባቸው፣ እንዲሁም ቦርዱ በሚያዘጋጃቸው የጋራ የምክክር መድረኮች ወይም ሌሎች መድረኮች ላይ ወኪል የመላክ ኃላፊነት እንዳለባቸውና በሐሰት ስም ከማጥፋት መቆጠብ እንዳለባቸው ያመለክታሉ፤›› ብለዋል፡፡

‹‹ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ግን ቦርዱ በተለያዩ ጊዜያት ያዘጋጃቸውን የጋራ ምክክሮች እንዲበተኑ ሙከራ አድርጓል፣ እየረገጠ ወጥቷል፣ በሐሰት ቦርዱን ወንጅሏል፡፡ እንዲሁም የስም ማጥፋት ዘመቻ አድርጓል፤›› በማለት ፓርቲው በጽሑፍ ይቅርታ እንዲጠይቅ ቦርዱ ወስኗል በማለት አስታውቀዋል፡፡
የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ የሕዝብ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ አቶ ዮናታን ተስፋዬ ውሳኔውን አስመልክቶ፣ ‹‹እኛ ይህን የምንረዳው የምርጫ ቦርድ የራሱ አቋም ሳይሆን ኢሕአዴግ በቦርዱ ውስጥ ምን ያህል ሚና እንዳለው ያጋለጠ ውሳኔ መሆኑን ነው፤›› በማለት ለሪፖርተር አስረድተዋል፡፡

‹‹ቀደም ባሉት ጊዜያት የሰጠነው አስተያየትና ስብሰባ ረግጠን መውጣታችን ዘለፋ መስሎ ከተሰማቸው አትዝለፉን እንነጋገር ማለት መልካም ነው፡፡ ነገር ግን በዚህ ጊዜ ውስጥ ይቅርታ ጠይቁኝ ብሎ ማስፈራራት አገራችንን አሳፋሪ ሁኔታ ውስጥ የሚከት ነው፡፡ ይቅርታ መቀለጃ አይደለም፡፡ እኛም በዚህ ምክንያት አናስተናግደውም፤›› ብለዋል፡፡

‹‹በተጨማሪም በመሠረቱ እኛ አንድ ድርጅት ነን፡፡ ምርጫ ቦርድም እንዲሁ አንድ ድርጅት ነው፡፡ እነዚህ ሁለት ድርጅቶች ሊግባቡ የሚችሉት ደግሞ በሕግና በደንብ ነው፡፡ ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ካጠፋ ወይ ወደ ፍርድ ቤት ይሄዳል፣ ወይም ቦርዱ ባለው ሥልጣን ችግሩ ይፈታል፡፡ ቦርዱም ካጠፋ እንዲሁ፡፡ ከዚህ ውጪ ይቅርታ ጠይቀኝ ብሎ መጠየቅ ፍፁም ተቋማዊ አሠራር አይደለም፤›› በማለት ውሳኔውን ፓርቲያቸው እንደሚቃወም አስታውቀዋል፡፡

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