Ethiopian Rights Lawyer, Abebe Worke went into exile

EMF (28 June 2009) A prominent Ethiopian attorney and Chairman of Ethiopia’s independent Human Rights Council (EHRCO), Abebe Worke went into exile to flee persecutions, Ginbot 7 radio reported on Saturday.

Abebe Worke, also a former Supreme Court justice, was arrested and charged by Meles’ regime with ‘trying to sell illegal radio broadcasting equipment that was imported without paying taxes’.

Critics say it is a usual politically prescribed charge to revenge the lawyer, who defends the rights of the Ethiopian mass.

He was later freed on bail, pending trial. The charges carry a sentence of seven to 15 years long prison terms, if convicted.

Abebe was one of the shareholders of Addis Broadcasting Company (ABC), a company owned by Dr. Berhanu Nega, Ato Berhane Mewa, Dr. Shawel Hailu, Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam, Dr. Befekadu Degfe, and other 32 investors.

ABC had been closed for a long time without giving radio service as it was unable to obtain a radio licenses from Meles Zenawi regime.

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