The Swiss government granted asylum to Co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787

(EMF) — The Switzerland government has granted asylum to the Ethiopian co-pilot who seized control of the Boeing 767-300 on 17 February 2014 and flew it to Geneva, according Ethiopian attorney who closely following the case.

The Ethiopian government has pushed the Swiss government to extradite the Co-pilot Hailemedhin Aberaby labeling him as a “traitor”. The regime has also opened file to try him in absentia, sources said.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has confirmed that it has refused the extradition request by the Ethiopian government.

Hailemedhin Abera can freely move now and defend his case out of confinement.

The pro-democracy Ethiopian Diaspora and, attorneys, like Shakespeare Feyissa, are trying to defend the rights of the co-pilot.

The airliner’s second-in-command, Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn, 31, took control of the plane when the pilot left the cockpit to use the toilet. He then sent a coded signal announcing he had hijacked his own aircraft. The plane landed safely, and none of the 202 passengers and crew members on Flight ET-702, which originated in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, were injured.

The Co-pilot has exposed the gross human rights violations in Ethiopia at a global scale.

Diaspora Ethiopians took the streets of American and European cities in Support of the Co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera.


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9 Responses to The Swiss government granted asylum to Co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera

  1. Tuffaa bekele.

    May 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Congratulation .capitan you are a great voice for the voiceless Ethiopians.god bless you and the government of Swiss who understand the bad situation in Ethiopia .

  2. AleQa Biru

    May 31, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    This is rubbish. It was already clear from the beginning that he will not be extradited to Ethiopia. There is no such agreement between the two countries and taking into account how political prisoners are treated in Ethiopia, it was more than clear that the Swiss government would reject EPRDF’s request to send back the co-pilot.

    Now you are just reporting on the formalities of the main process. A major news item will be the verdict of the Swiss court will be on the hijacking case. That is now known yet which means you have no news.

    By the way, you need to work on the grammar of your text. It is horribly poor.

    For example, look at this sentence: “The airliner’s second-in-command, Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn, 31, took control of the plane when the pilot left the cockpit to use the toilet. ”

    Wrong 1: Airliner = Ethiopian Airlines in this case. What you wanted to say is “The plane’s second-in-command.”

    Wrong 2: ex co-pilot was more appropriate to use anyway because he is no longer “co-pilot” or “second-in-command”or whatever..

    • እንግሊዙ

      June 2, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      AleQa Biru! Would you tell us the meaning of the word “airliner”_ used in the following: ‘…Airliner = Ethiopian Airlines in this case. …’?

    • Thomas

      July 30, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      Mate, whereas the grammar might be weak, your comment about use of the word “airliner” seem out of place. For your information here is the encyclopedic definition “An airliner is an airplane, usually large, used for transporting passengers and air cargo. Such aircraft are most often operated by airlines”
      On the merit of the act itself: any air piracy , no matter how honorable reasons lead to it, should be punished severely. I hope the Swiss will be serious in punishing it!

  3. Solomon

    June 2, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Shame on you Aleqa Birru! What a sinister comment you have here! I just don’t understand why you went so ballistic to a brief news comment. Is it really the English that bothered you too much? It is not our mother tongue remember.

    • AleQa Biru

      June 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Dear Solomon,

      Probably I overreacted a bit. Generally I am not happy with the way many of our journalists handle news. I feel that there is more focus on “relatively minor” issues just to score points against the regime in Ethiopia. I would have liked the journalists to see the bigger picture and provide coverage on issues that have a bigger relevance to the wider Ethiopian population. But unfortunately proportionally way too much time is given to issues which are relevant to individuals or small groups of Ethiopians.

      Regarding grammar and language, I also feel that our journalists are not doing their best before posting articles/news items to readers. The least one can do is run the MS Word Spelling Check, in my opinion.

  4. MaBell

    June 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    @AleQa Biru – you are pretending to be know it all and here you are acting like an English teacher. Why don’t you comment on the topic instead of going postal on the grammar. You must be lonely — we feel sorry for you poor guy. Please correct me on my English

    • AleQa Biru

      June 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      You should have hyphenated “know it all” like this: Know-it-all.

      What about this as a correction? 🙂

  5. ደርባባው

    June 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    አለቃ: ምነው በቀጥታ ዉሳኔው አልተስማማኝም ብትል አይቀልህም ነበር እንግሊዘኛው እንደምንም ቢጻፍ ይዘቱ ገብቶሃል አይደል? ዋናው ነገር ካፒቴናችን ነፍስ አልገደለም,አላሰረም ተሳፋሪዎቹን በሚገባ በተማረው የበረራ ስልት አንድም ሰው ሳይጎዳ መልክቱንም ለአለም ህዝብ አስተላልፎአል:: ይህ ካስጨነቀህ ለኛ ይሄ እዳው ገብስ ነው እንላለን አንተ ከንግሊዞች ጋር ንትርክህን ቀጥል:ምክንያቱም እኛ ኢትዮጵያዊያኖች እንግሊዘኛን አልፈጠርንምና:: ስምህንም ለውጥ እልቅና አይገባህም::