EMF– Meles Zenawi’s rouge regime on Thursday charged at least 9 exiled political figures and journalists in absentia together with 32 military officers, of plotting to assassinate government officials, ETV said [Watch news] . Those who have been charged in absentia on Thursday, 4 June 2009, are: Berhanu Nega, Andargachew Tsege, Muluneh Eyoel, Mesfin Aman, Daniel Assefa, Chekol Getahun, Ephrem Madebo, Dereje Habtewold and Fasil Yenealem.
This is the second time where the authorities file such bizarre charge on foreign based Ethiopian nationals. 22 Ethiopians were charges of treason and genocide abroad in 2005, including five journalists who live in the US and work for the U.S. government-owned broadcast agency, Voice of America.
Below is the news by AFP:
“No constitutional right was abrogated,” he said.
Authorities accuse the CUD’s leader Berhanu Nega of masterminding the alleged plot. CUD won an unprecedented number of seats in the 2005 elections, which observers said fell short of international standards.
Around 200 people died in post-election violence that erupted after the CUD accused Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s party of rigging the ballot.
Berhanu, currently living in exile in the United States, was elected mayor of Addis Ababa in the polls. He was subsequently jailed for two years and left the country after his release.