Andualem says beaten in detention (AFP)

March 5th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Addis Ababa – An Ethiopian opposition leader charged with terrorism said during a court appearance on Monday that he was severely beaten by a fellow inmate, terming it a murder attempt.

“There was a murder attempt against me and according to criminal procedure, I want to file a charge against the prison because I did not get adequate medical attention,” said Andualem Arage, of the Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party.

“I demand to be taken out of that prison,” added Andualem, who has been in detention since September.

Andualem, who walked in court limping and complained of severe headache, has been charged alongside 23 others, including prominent Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega.

He said he was beaten on February 16.

Judge Endashaw Endale said the prison administration must present the case to the court before formal charges lodged.

Andualem’s co-defendants said they feared for their own safety since the inmate accused of attacking Andualem had not been relocated.

“We are afraid, so we take turns sleeping and we are afraid he will poison our food,” one of the accused, Kinfemichael Debebe, told the court.

UDJ chairman Gidada Negasso said the accused attacker, convicted of murder, should not be held with prisoners undergoing trial and should have been reprimanded.

“Right away the court should have said this is wrong and… the prison administration should also punish him,” he told AFP.

Negasso filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission about the attack, but said he had not received a formal reply.

Government officials were not available for comment. The trial is expected to resume on March 26.

All the 24 accused are charged under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism legislation, which rights groups have criticised of being far reaching and used to stifle peaceful dissent.

Some 200 people were charged under the legislation in 2011.

  1. ananymous
    | #1

    We pray for you and the rest of the Ethiopian people to have their days against Abebe/Legesse/Melese, his boss Mebrahtu G/hiwot, and the rest of the weyane mafia members.

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    Honestly, I can’t handle or have the stomach to read the whole article without getting very disturbed and upset to know exactly what happened to our hero brother Andualem. My heart aches so much for him, his parents and his entire family. I feel hopeless and sadden by the whole thing. May the good Lord bring the end of the brutal Dictator Meles and the rest of TPLF.

  3. alli
    | #3

    UDJ could help by filing a complaint against the murder plot that is planned on Andualem. The main issue here is the safety of Andualem and all the other prisoners. Bekele Gerba has faced similar threats.

    By doing this , at least the issue kept on the radar, and on the minds and thoughts of people.

    there is no law in the country except Meles and his cronies, and it is futile to expect any justice from Meles who sees himself above the law.

    THE ONLY THING MELES IS AFRAID OF IS HIS PAY MASTERS, and may be UDJ could file a complaint on the prisoners behalf, to the various humanitarian organisations and embassies

  4. biruk
    | #4

    i really sorried about my Ethiopian brothers in prison ,but it doesn’t work any with our legendary leader pm melse zenawi !

  5. Anonymoud
    | #5

    biruk,
    I wonder what you’re trying to say? You feel sorry for the Ethiopian prisoners and at the same time, you said, “but it doesn’t work any with our legendary leader pm melse zenawi!” LEGENDARY and Meles shouldn’t be used on the same sentence at all!!!!!!

  6. Oda Tulu
    | #6

    Tyrant Meles is a brute capable of doing evil. Action in unison to evict him from power is urgently required.

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