Woyanne court sentences six to death for massacre – Reuters

September 3rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

An Ethiopian court has sentenced six members of the Benishangule-Gumuz community to death and another 97 to prison terms for the massacre of Oromo villagers last year, a state agency reported on Thursday. (more…)

An Ethiopian court has sentenced six members of the Benishangule-Gumuz community to death and another 97 to prison terms for the massacre of Oromo villagers last year, a state agency reported on Thursday.

The 103 had been charged with genocide for killings that took place in May 2008. They gunned down or speared to death 93 members of the Oromo tribe, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported.

The two groups have for centuries lived side by side in western Ethiopia.

“The court found guilty the 103 members of the Benishangule-Gumuz after examining documents, pictures and video tape evidence presented by the prosecution and after the accused failed to exercise their right to defence,” ENA said.

Those that escaped the death sentence were handed prison terms ranging between six years to life imprisonment with hard labour. (Reporting by Tsegaye Tadesse, editing by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura)

  1. Kassahun Lemma
    | #1

    When I read this news which is aired by the Ethiopian News Agency- usally known as a state-run media,I felt sorry and affraid by the Melese regime ; who probablly one of well-armed force indiscrimenatly killing ,jailing handrends of thausends of Ehiopians since came to power.There will be time and conditions to allow us need to grill the tyranny TPLF Government used to enjoy exercises nowhere.Ethiopians may on the way to ask what was going on during this regime ,after all.God bless Ethiopia !

  2. mateos
    | #2

    If weyane court can sentence anyone to dealth then Ethiopian peoples court should sentence the following people to death too, 1- the Eritrean traitor and Meles’s boss Bereket, 2- Meles, 3- Azeb, 4- Seyoum Mesfin, 5- Sebhat Nega, and 6- all weyane mafia members!

  3. yikerbelen
    | #3

    we will gun down .

  4. Sami
    | #4

    Come on if anybody should be charged for Genocide, it should be Meles Zenawi and his moron followers Weyannes. I am sure all the Benishangul guys were doing what weyannes were telling them to do, and now weyannes turn around and accused them of genocide. But, that is what evil Weyannes do all the time. We are familiar with their tigray tricks already. I just can’t believe these evil tugs play with human being like this…

  5. WEGESHAW
    | #5

    Good start:
    Now continue with bringing criminals to justice.
    1)Bring the bedeno,Awasa,Gonder,Ogaden,Gambela..mass murderers to justice
    2)Bring the 200 Addis Abeba brutal killers to justice!
    3)Investigate the Ethio/Eritrea war where about 100,000 soldziersperished
    4) Bring the cold blooded murderers of Etenesh’s 2 children & Shibire
    If the judiciary system can’t do that it is just a show! So don’t cheat

  6. not surprised
    | #6

    This fool is trying to appease the OLF and the oromos at the expense of these people. The funny thing when the oromo went around killing the amahar, not a single officials ever addressed the massacre. Well, I ma hoping unlike the Minegestu rats of the Dergue, they have improved the prison, which eventually might end up there. For sure the rest will escape with their hoard of money.

  7. wagaga
    | #7

    while weyane kill us ethiopian lift and right. Isyas incrsesed average of eritrean.

    Eritrea increased its average life expectancy by 33 years to 61 for men, and by 12 years to 65 for women. Japan tops life-expectancy list
    http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/World/Story/STIStory_379935.html

  8. JIGSA
    | #8

    THE TPLF NEW TACTIC KILLING INOCENT ETHIOOPIANS FOR NO APPARENT REASON.THE TPLF IS SHOWING ITS UGLY FACE BY ACUSATING CITIZENS FALSELY.THE POLICE IS TPLF THE LAWYER IS TPLF AND THE JUDGE.

  9. beka
    | #9

    I feel sorry for oromo and benishangule people. because the weyane thugs using one ethic group over another to stay in power,tha result is more murder and chaoce. death to woyane!!!

  10. adama
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