Prosecutors wrap up the drama against CUD leaders ““ “verdict” expected in February
ETP | Nov. 30, 2006 ““ Reminiscent of a scene right out of the movies, a witness broke down in court yesterday and admitted he was instructed by the prosecution on what to say.
The witness was accusing some of the defendants of physically assaulting him when one of the accused stood up and asked “have I really done all these things to you?”? to the astonishment of courtroom attendees and the prosecutors themselves – the witness replied “You didn’t do anything to me; it was the prosecutor who told me to say so.”?
The Prosecutors were caught in public with their pants down and attempted to amend their blunder – to no avail. Prosecutors argued that the witness has suffered mental problems as a result of the injuries he sustained thus he is unreliable; questioning the sanity and credibility of their own witness. Many in the courtroom were surprised by the courage of this witness in opting to tell the truth.
The embattled prosecution wrapped up its case against the democratically elected MP’s of Ethiopia; verdict is expected in mid February. The court is expected to decide on whether to dismiss the case or to proceed to hear argument from the defense.
If the court decides to hear arguments for the defense, no one is sure what will happen since most of the accused have refused to enter pleas saying the country’s justice system is not independent and that the trial was politically motivated.