Something fishy in the Ethiopian embassy. – Hindessa Abdul

May 28th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

A couple of weeks ago a number of Ethiopian websites published an article entitled Fraud at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC. (more…)

A couple of weeks ago a number of Ethiopian websites published an article entitled Fraud at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC. The article posted by a Aba Chibssa brought a certain staff of the embassy, who worked as a public relations officer, to the attention of the public. The writer argued that the staff in question was a top government official both during the Dergue and the EPRDF regimes. The article says:

After working a couple of months at the embassy around 2000, Mr. Tsehaye Debalkew Tessema stopped working in the embassy and asked for political asylum in the United States, falsely claiming that he is persecuted by the current government of Ethiopia… According to people who saw his application for asylum he has hidden his real personal stories and affiliations with both the previous and the current government. Once Tsehaye got his asylum … he went back to the embassy to begin business as usual – work for the government of Ethiopia as its chief propagandist in North America. He is currently among the top executive in the embassy, where he works as a Public Relations Officer.”

In conclusion, the writer urged both the Ethiopian embassy and the individual be investigated for violating the laws of the United States.

Days after the article was posted, the press officer’s name has been dropped from the list of the staff. Mr Tsehaye may still be in the embassy’s payroll but the name no more. That indeed adds to the suspicion.

Googling the name Tsehaye Debalkew brings in countless articles, the sole purpose of which is glorifying the totalitarian system that is prevailing in the country and condemning those who dared to oppose it. ”It is indeed in the last 2 decades that the inalienable human and democratic rights of its populace were ascertained, protected by the law of the land as enshrined in the country’s ever Constitution written and ratified by the unrestricted participation of the citizenry.” says Mr Tsehaye in an article he calls Telling facts and figures about Ethiopia.

The press officer, of course, is entitled to hold his views and opinions in any matter. There is no problem with that. In a surprising twist, however, the Embassy decided to cross out his name from its page without caring to explain the situation. The act of dropping the name of the staff from its list can be taken as a confirmation of Aba Chibassa’s allegation.

As the Embassy – at least in theory – is a public institution, Ethiopians have a right to know what really is going on. The mere scrapping of the individual’s name from the website without explaining the reason why it is done makes the Ethiopian Embassy rather an accomplice to some dodgy undertaking, not to talk about the individual in question himself.

While the diplomatic immunity may protect the mission from investigation, it won’t shield them from suspicion and mistrust. As an appendix, checkout the two screenshots of the Embassy’s website. One taken on May 13, 2010 and the other May 27, 2010. ”If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” That statement by Google’s CEO Mr Eric Schmidt seems to have finally gotten its niche.

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  1. kassahun
    | #1

    If the person is registered as a political asylee, his dimplomatic immunity does not apply. Therefore, he is open to investigation. I hope they go after him.

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    The focus must be Tsehaye Debalkew who writes day in and day out against the ethiopian people. He is the one that claimed persecution by the Ethiopian government and lied to the state department. and lying to the stae department is a criminal act. We have to send information about this man.

  3. kiflu
    | #3

    I think Mr Debalkew has violated the the immigration law of the United States and should be prosecuted for immigration fraud. Some one should pass this info to INS.He is a criminal.

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    he has to be investigated. can some one contact the FBI please. It is enough that they are cheating the country. we can’t afford it to ignore them doing illegal activities in america.

  5. kiflu
    | #5

    It is our civic duty to expose this cone man to the appropriate authority, immigration and make sure he does not flee the country before he answered to this crime (immigration fraud ).

  6. gorade
    | #6

    who ever held out this news to the public is wrong,you should have first inform to the authorities,then to the public,now this criminal find a way to hide all the evidences that makes him guilty.don’t rush to shout out, collect the evidence and report it to the outhorites who appointed to file a lawsuit against this bastard.

  7. Cucu
    | #7

    I remember this guys name in the Embassy’s site some time in the past. Wht I didnt know was that he “is” asylee. Please let us know if anyone reported this situation; I will if not yet.

  8. Moses
    | #8

    Here is the contact info for the U.S. Custom and Border Protection: Customs & Border Protection 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20229 or Call 1-877-227-5511.

    For Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) You can Report suspicious activity by calling Toll free: 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423).

  9. Gedamu
    | #9

    A typical Habessha tenkol. I assure you nothing will happen to this individual. Other wise all of them who got political asylum with false document even by changing their names will be in big trouble.

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