EMF (16 July 2009) The Appeal Court of Cassation at the Federal Supreme Court passed today the final verdict in favor of Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro, source said. The court decided a two-year sentence and 18,000 birr fine. Teddy has already served over 14 months in jail and will be released in August this year.
Teddy’s fans were heard cheering with joy in and outside the courthouse, according to the source.
Zenawi’s kangaroo court had earlier sentenced Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s pop star, for six years in jail for a fabricated charge of killing homeless man in the capital Addis Ababa.
Teddy’s defence lawyer appealed the case to the Federal Supreme Court and the court this morning ruled the judges had made a mistake for sentencing the artist for six years.
The Federal Supreme Court sentenced Teddy for two years, by cutting four years off.
The 31-year-old singer was found guilty of manslaughter for the death of 18-year-old Degu Yibelte in a hit-and-run incident two years ago.
Teddy Afro denied the charge saying he was out of the country on the night Degu Yibelte died. However, Judge Leul Gebremariam, a TPLF cadre, convicted the singer for six year prison sentence, despite clear evidences that Teddy never killed the man.
As news of the decision rippled out across Addis Ababa, groups of young people gathered in the streets, cheering and hugging each other at the news that their favourite singer would soon be free, according to BBC news.