The Swiss government granted asylum to Co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera (EMF)

May 31st, 2014 Print Print Email Email

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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  1. kiffaqiff
    | #1

    We knew it; yes, we did. At last, at the very moment of our struggles being progressed in getting rid of the enemy that came to Ethiopia and refused to leave our motherland and our people, you, Ethiopians scored high valued victory over the enemy by fighting for the freedom of our brother and the son of Ethiopia, the co-pilot who commanded the aircraft brilliantly to the delight of the world and set himself free.

    We shall not have a second of peace without completely crushing the enemy to its eternal death.

  2. Developement Without Freedom
    | #2

    Weyenes thought the Switzerland government did not respect human right like them when they asked to extradite the pilot.

  3. Sileshi ambachew
    | #3

    You the worthless “elitist” diaspora folks will never stop entertaining us with your make believe fantasies.
    As they say, you will continue to do what you do best – bark at your demonstrations – but the rest of us are confidently marching in unison to completely change the face of our country for ever ever!
    We ask that you wise up, drop your “elitist” dreams of bringing back the yesteryears and join us in our effort I extricate our people from poverty and backwardness once and forever!

  4. temman
    | #4

    we thank the SWISS government for the generosity granted to victims of fascist repression perpetrated by Tigre people liberation front in Ethiopia.

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