British government statement on extradition of Andargachew Tsege – Martin Plaut

This statement was issued today by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

On the case

“A British national, Andargachew Tsege, was reported missing in Yemen on 24 June. Since then UK officials have pressed the Yemeni authorities at senior levels to establish his whereabouts, including meeting with the Yemeni Ambassador in London this week. We are aware of reports that he may now be in Ethiopia and we are urgently seeking confirmation from the relevant authorities given our deep concerns about the case. We are continuing to provide consular assistance to his family.

“We are aware of reports that he may now be in Ethiopia and are urgently seeking confirmation. If confirmed this would be deeply concerning given our consistent requests for information from the Yemeni authorities, the lack of any notification of his detention in contravention of the Vienna Convention and our concerns about the death penalty that Mr Tsege could face in Ethiopia.”

On the British Government’s stance on the death penalty

“The UK opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle. Its use undermines human dignity, there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable. We continue to call on all countries around the world that retain the death penalty to cease its use.”

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4 Responses to British government statement on extradition of Andargachew Tsege – Martin Plaut

  1. A

    July 7, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Is just a lip service. Di not give any tangent solution. We are to work hard by ourself. Do not expect any good thing from west unless there interst is touched.

  2. eyob

    July 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Very odd that the British Government is lecturing about its stance on death penality at this point in time. Instead, Her Majesty’s
    Government must demand urgently and forcefully the release of the British national.

  3. Hey

    July 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    May be England,Yemen and Ethiopia government are collaborated to catch andargachew tsege. Because how Yemen and Ethiopia governments are dare on British citizen. I think the problem is the British government who kept silence and not caring to its own citizen.

  4. Geraldine Taylor

    July 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Andargachew Tsige should take responsibility for his actions. He sworn to overthrow the Ethiopian government from power by what ever means including violence, unfortunately he was not careful and got caught. Her Majesty’s government extended protection pursuant to its obligation repeatedly in the past. The British government is not under obligation to do anything further. Lets not forget Mr Tsige, as leadership of an armed group, however small, was deciding, directly or indirectly, On other persons lot in life.