US says concerned over Ethiopia court moves – Abugida

June 13th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

What is the US Government’s concern good for? Absolutely nothing if not transpired into action. (more…)

What is the US Government’s concern good for? Absolutely nothing if not transpired into action.The US Government has been very reluctant to admit their “war on terror” ally; tyrant Meles Zenawi is committing heinous crimes against his own people.

How many times have we heard phrases from the US state department such as “very surprised about”?, “quite concerned”? and “watching the situation very closely”?? These statements have become just clichés which soothe but never heal our wounds.

Please read more to find US state department’s statement on the matter.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it was very concerned by an Ethiopian court’s guilty verdict of 38 opposition officials and said it was watching the situation very closely.

Ethiopia, a close ally of the United States in anti-terrorism efforts, has cracked down on the opposition, especially after disputed elections in 2005.

Those found guilty on Monday by an Ethiopian court were among 131 opposition leaders, journalists and civil society activists charged in December 2005 with treason, inciting violence and attempting to commit genocide.

They could face the death penalty when sentenced, which local media said would take place next month.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States was looking into whether the court’s action was in accordance with Ethiopia’s constitution and law.

“It would appear that this is a peremptory action that was taken by the court that surprised not only us but the defendants, as they were working to mount a defense against these charges,” said McCormack.

“Suffice to say, it is something we’re very surprised about, quite concerned about and watching very closely,” he added.

A former professor from Norfolk State University in Virginia, Yacob Hailemariam, was among the opposition leaders convicted in Ethiopia, the State Department said.

Hailemariam was a former prosecutor for the U.N.’s tribunal on war crimes in Rwanda and returned to Ethiopia in 2005 to take part in the elections.

  1. fish
    | #1

    A pure hipocracy and ingorance.

  2. fish
    | #2

    ignorance

  3. gadion daniel
    | #3

    ignorance, hipocracy & poletical game
    i am proud of our leaders (kaliti presoners)
    ethiopia will librate soon from DEDEBE NARROW
    MIND WOYAN.

  4. ENATHAGER
    | #4

    those who convict our leadrs today will pay the price we will not forget any of the crime you commit may be we are powerless to stop you today may be you are todays GEGNOCH BUT THIS IS MY PROMIS I WILL NOT FORGET TILL MY LAST BREATH I WILL TEACH MY CHILDRENS AND ANY OF MY REALATIV WHEN WE RISE IT IS GOING TO BE DEEP REVANGE YOU WILL SEE IT YOU COMMIT CRIMEON US WHICH YOU SAY HAPPENS ON YOU BY DERGE BUT IF THIS IS YOUR ANSWER FOR PEACEFULL OPPOSITION GO ON KILL US BUT MAKE SURE YOU KILL ALL OF US IF NOT WE WILL.

  5. ewnet
    | #5

    After 9-11, the Bush administration created a great hate barrier between US and the rest of the world.Peace loving community would not hundle international terrorism and extrimism in this mindless and harsh way.
    In our (Ethiopian)case this adm. showed its grave mistake to collaborate with the domestic terrorist and ethno-centerd facist,regime in Addis.
    This double standard shows the desperation of Bush adm.to loose 70 or more million US loving innocent people.
    The international community must know that The Bush adm.is responsible for all these perpetration done by Meles’s weyanne.
    Unless this adm.does what has to be done, there comes time to pay the price!
    The oppressed ethiopians are united by the power of Almighty God,more than anytime else!
    God stood! and stands today, for poor and downtrodden people!!
    Prais God, He is our Shield.

  6. Mimi
    | #6

    The court guilty verdict only shows how Meles and Weyannes are fried of the Kinijit leaders. Well, the whole Weyanne craziness and brutality is creating millions and millions of Kinijit leaders. There is no way evils like Weyanne manage to lead Ethiopia the way they want to. They will never silence us, and at end of the day the Ethiopia people will prevail.

  7. Gudi Sedi
    | #7

    Thanks Bush and Blair. You are resopnsible for what is happening by the brutual Ethiopian Crime minister.

  8. Habesha
    | #8

    They are the ones who are rescuing him everytime he is falling, Ethiopians need to have majore media from diaspora to reach all Ethiopians possiblly in AFD’s name and shake TPLF from its ground up eventually knocking of the seat they are kiiling us for!! It takes leaders who get things done – not talk!!!!

  9. kundi
    | #9

    Adil is a pathetic “judge” with no brain of its own. Woyane and the goons will pay the price … one way or another … just watch …you are nothing but the human feces …

  10. ignore
    | #10

    Pure ignorance and undemining the people of Ethiopia… we are tired of this…..

  11. ignore
    | #11

    Where is HEBRET? Even those hipocrat did it…

    If HEBRET is honest enough it should have come up …right away. Time again, there is no power there is no Hibret. You proved it you are not there at all. Too bad

  12. Kemal Tufa
    | #12

    Do not expect from anything from American government.

    Remember they endorsed the imprisment of Mandela until the last minute. They don’t have guts as long as they keep their interests. Meles is their slave. That is what they want and they will support him. Any nationalist government or people is their enemy.

    Meles is anti-nation. They love him to death.

    The fate of our country in in our hand. Not in any bodyelse’s.

    Thank you

  13. yaphet
    | #13

    If you do the crime you better be ready to do the time. These people are good for nothing just put them all in a storage ,and lets move on and speed up the woyane lead economic growth.

    Take it like a man!

  14. zalalm
    | #14

    YAS MAN THIS IS IT GO JOB YAPHET

  15. fish
    | #15

    Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) attacked NGO target (Feb. 17, 1988, Ethiopia)

    Incident Date: Feb. 17, 1988

    Terrorist Organization(s): Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF)

    City: Asmara

    Country/Area: Ethiopia

    Region: Africa

    Target: NGO

    Tactic: Kidnapping

    Suicide: No

    Weapon: Unknown

    Fatalities: 0

    Injuries: 0

    US Attack: No

    US Fatalities: 0

    US Injuries: 0

    Attack Claimed: No

    Coordinated: No

    Description: ETHIOPIA. Members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front abducted six European aid workers in Asmara. The victims were three Irish nuns, two Belgian doctors and a Dutch nurse. All were released a week later.

    Information Source: Chronology Data 1968-1997

    Publication Date: 04/03/2001

    Incident-data Provider: RAND Corporation

  16. fish
    | #16

    Kinfe, Ato

    Aliases: No known aliases

    Group: Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF)
    Role: Member of Political Bureau

    Current Location: Deceased May 12, 2001

    Biography: Ato Kinfe was a member of TPLF’s Politburo and Central Committee, and also served as Head of the Ethiopian Federal Security and Immigration Authority. He has been described as a ‘staucnch fighter for peace and democracy in Ethiopia,’ and also worked to resolve internal problems in the TPLF. He was stabbed to death on May 12, 2001, by an Ethiopian Army Major.

  17. fish
    | #17

    Tella, Fesseha Hailemariam

    Aliases: No known aliases

    Group: Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF)
    Role: Member (Former)

    Biography: Fesseha Tella is an ex-member of the TPLF Intelligence Unit. He has claimed that the TPLF government has no true intentions of accepting peace.

  18. fish
    | #18

    you kill your own brothers and how can you bring peace as your own brother described you you are war mongors

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