The EPRDF Regime found Mengistu guilty of genocide

December 12th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

BBC | Dec. 11, 2006:- Ethiopia’s ex-Marxist ruler, Mengistu Haile Mariam, has been found guilty of genocide after a 12-year trial.The former leader has been in exile in Zimbabwe since 1991 and was tried in absentia. Eleven co-defendants were also found guilty.Ethiopia’s Federal High Court also found them guilty of imprisonment, homicide and confiscation of property.

In a notorious campaign – known as the Red Terror – thousands of suspected opponents were rounded up and executed.Their bodies were then tossed onto the streets.The judge is not expected to deliver sentences immediately. They could face the death penalty.Thirty-four members of Mengistu’s junta are in court and 27 more are being tried in absentia.The evidence against Mengistu, who is nearly 70, included signed execution orders, videos of torture sessions and personal testimonies.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has so far refused requests to extradite Mengistu to Ethiopia.

Mengistu was among low-ranking officers who came to power in 1974 when they overthrew Ethiopia’s last Emperor, Haile Selassie.
The emperor had failed to come to grips with a poor harvest, and the situation escalated into a devastating famine.The young officers formed a provisional military committee, known as the Dergue.Mengistu soon emerged as the leader, shooting a fellow officer who wanted to make peace with the province of Eritrea, which was seeking independence.In the confusion following the emperor’s death the government became embroiled in bitter clashes with students and leftist rivals.Mengistu responded by brutally suppressing the unrest.
Declaring Ethiopia a Socialist People’s Republic, he turned to the Soviet Union, which backed him in fighting an invasion from Somalia.But the war in Eritrea rumbled on, and rebellion erupted in the province of Tigray.
Moscow re-armed the Ethiopian army, but it gradually crumbled until in 1991 the combined Eritrean and Tigrayan forces were on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa.Mengistu then fled to Zimbabwe, where his friend, Robert Mugabe gave him sanctuary.

  1. JAKOB SOLOMON
    | #1

    HOW DID A GOVT. OF MELES-NAZIAWI A WELL KNOWN TYRRANT MURDERER AND WHO MASSACARE AND INCARCERATE THOUSANDS OF ITS CITIZEN CAN BE A JUDGE FOR ANOTHER MURDERER BEFORE HIM ??? WHAT A JOKE :-)

  2. Mesfin
    | #2

    It looks like a joke. Well, Mele’s turn is not that far away either. It is like “Beseferubet Kuna Mesefer Aykerem”

  3. Selam
    | #3

    I can’t believe TPLF, which is a genocidal regime (anuak-Gambella-genocide) itself is trying other murderes. Both Mengistu and Meles need to see a high court set up by a democratically elected government. This cycle of punishment will eventually stop ypon the demise of the TPLF bandits.

  4. | #4

    GOOD NEWS .WHO IS NEXT? AS FAR AS I a’m consern should be HILU SHAWEL and HIS CO. YES. MY POOR FIREND’S U TIME IS UP. U PPL ARE NOTHING BUT A kILLER’S . ALSO Ex-DEGE MEMBERS. U THINK WE FORGOT ABOUT U ? NO. WE JUST WANT U BERN SLOWLY. THST’S DA STRATEGY. any way dispora all i got to say’d is good luke and i hop u lerne from u past. till then ARYOS. LONG LIVE EPRDF.

  5. konrad
    | #5

    A killer is one who kills and both Meles and Mengistu are killers. If there is justice both have to appear at an International Court of Justice and defend their deeds.

  6. Ethiopiawi
    | #6

    Meles is murderer and killer he dont have moral obligation to bring the other killer even though both of them are murderer but not in meles time we have to wait till we will get the right leader.

  7. adie
    | #7

    Mamo kidzet lay endaleh tastawukaleh.atdenaber yetemah dem kehone eyefeseselh new feri chekagn new.besew kusil enchet bisdbet ayamewum. lantem endezihu new.
    Mamo kehulum belay yemtisekayewu ante neh.you stupid cowarrd and agly you look like just your idol Meles and Mengstu.
    Mamo ! i wish to see peaceful and flourished Ethiopian in the near future and i am sure that you realise that there is God.
    God bless Golden Ethiopian children and our lovely country.

  8. Tigist
    | #8

    What do you think that goes through Meles’s mind at this point? Everybody knows that Meles is a murderer himself. Now, his kangaroo court convicted the Derge leaders for the crime that they committed when they were on power. The sad thing is that Meles is doing exactly what the Derge guys did long time ago. Actually, Derge did what it did in the name of protecting the Unity of Ethiopia. Even if I don’t support the dictator nature of Derge, I never question its being Ethiopian nationalist regime. More than any thing else, I am upset with Derge for letting TPLF and EPLF took over Ethiopia. In its long history Ethiopia never fell on the hands of bandas such as Meles Zenawi.
    Now, Meles has been killing true Ethiopians who dare to stand up against his ethnocentric policy. I don’t know how on the earth the Woyannes mind work. All I know is that they are primitive, awkward and embracement for all human beings. They can’t even learn from what happen to the Derge guys. But, that day will come soon. All I pray is that Meles doesn’t get killed before he sees justice. Even he dies by any means I know for sure he will go to heal, because he is a traitor and mass murderer, I used to think that being in heal for ever is too much of a punishment even for bad people, but now I change my mind. I came to believe that there are really evil guys that deserve to be on fire forever. Meles is one of them. Look what this guy has been doing to a lot of people. How many mothers lost their children over the years, how many kids lost their parents, how many of us left our country, how many of our brothers and sisters died in deserts and jangles trying to leave their country, look what has happening in our country in the last three decades. Meles Zenawi is primarily responsible for all these chose.

  9. | #9

    HO HO HO THE TIME OF X MASS

    MR meles you are the nexet blive or no’t your conviction is encluding your wife
    we gonna charge you the same thing look like mengestu
    geonoside/mass murder/yothing an aproperat power/racizem/robeding intair ethiopian resorce/abandon human beng/and abusing power
    this is it,s no’t including your wife she robed our ten of thuwesend ton of gold and a billion dollar cash she make diposit defernt eroupen and asean banks
    Ethiopian people we have to tell the world meles crime
    is bigerthan menegestu.

  10. Satenaw
    | #10

    When will be the beast Meles’s turn. Melese will be hanged twice for
    1. Killing the People
    2. Disintigrating and killing the nation

    I hope we will see that soon.

    May God be with the Ethiopian People

  11. | #11

    DEAR SATENAW.. DID U JUST SAID MELES SHOULD BE HANGED TWICE? HOW DARE U . ANY WAY. DA BIG QUATION IS.WHO DO U THINK IS A MAN ENFF TO DO THAT.THE ANSWER IS NO BOUDY.I GURENTY U. MELES IS TO BIG FOR U LIL CHICKIN HEAD.and pleas don’t even go ther ok. MELES IS U KING U LIKE’T TAKE’T. KNOT LIVE’T .this is a new MILINUM so we are a biger and stronger ever befor so put up or s**** up. GOD BLESS P.M.

  12. torse
    | #12

    Wow,meles, him self a genocidal, convicting the dergue members of genocide? how dare he should not have the morale to do so. no wonder this is a common pracice by dictators. However it wont be long before he is brought to justice and sentenced to death for all the tribulations he brought to the ethiopian people.

  13. solomon debebe
    | #13

    Mamo .what happen do you think like human please be fare and honest . see you mamo kilo

  14. solomon debebe
    | #14

    Mamo kilo please use your head . i know you have problem of thinking like human . at least be man ok don’t be women .

  15. | #15

    DEAR SOLMON..WHO DO U THINK IS CONTROL’N 77 MILLION PPL.IS A MAN OR WOMEN?I HOP U GET DA RIGHET ANSWER. any way u can say what ever u want but i gurenty u. we still kik’n u behind. so my poor frind come down if knot we gone make u come until u call u mom name’s like. ABEBU IS COME’N.kkk.WERADA. LONG LIVE EPRDF.

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