Ethiopia’s ex-ruler Mengistu sentenced to life

January 11th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A TPLF court sentenced former Marxist ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam to life in prison for genocide on Thursday, but the former dictator is exiled safe from the punishment in Zimbabwe.After a 12-year trial, Mengistu was found guilty in absentia of killing thousands of people during a 17-year reign which began with Emperor Haile Selassie’s ouster in 1974 and included war, brutal purges and famine.

He lives a lavishly reclusive life in Zimbabwe whose government says it will not extradite him.

“Considering the age of the accused … and the state of their health … the court has rejected the prosecution’s call for the death penalty and passed life imprisonment,” the court said.

Mengistu was convicted of genocide last month.

He fled to Zimbabwe in 1991 after he was ousted by guerrillas led by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

He was tried in absentia in Addis Ababa with 73 others, including former Prime Minister Fikre Selassie Wogderesse and former Vice-President Fissiha Desta.

Some 40 officials are in jail while 27 are being tried in absentia. A few have died since proceedings began in 1992 and the trial formally started in 1994

  1. Haile
    | #1

    Meles’ Trick to lesson his future Sentence when he faces a legit court for crimes against humanity. Both dictators need to stand sise by side and face a true judge who will carry out a pure justice for the resoect of our beloved people!!

  2. Mesfin
    | #2

    Yes, I agree with you Haile. The sentence of Mengistu reflects what Meles would prefer when he faces justice one of these days. I also heard that the TPLF media didn’t cover that much of the news of Sadam Hussen’s hanging. Sadam Hussein was hanged for ordering the killing of 148 Shiate Muslims some 20 years ago. According to the inquiry commotion’s report more than 193 peaceful demonstrators shoot to death, back in May and November 2005. Just before the May massacre Meles implicated himself by coming out on national television and announced that The federal and Addis Ababa policy are under his command. He directly ordered the shooting on innocent people. Now, if Saddam hanged for giving order to kill 148 shiate Muslim Iraqis, Meles should get the same punishment and he will get that. Ethiopians are not less than Iraqis. The difference is that time. Meles’ time will come as well. He knows what he did and he knows what is waiting for him that is why he didn’t want any media coverage on Saddam Hussein in the last couple of weeks. That is his nightmare.

  3. | #3

    Meles is a friend of the west today as Sadam Husein was prior to the desert war. He was armed to the teeth to fight the Iranians and probably his Kurdish ‘enemies’ in the north as well. It is believed that a ‘go ahead’ sinal was given from the west when he tried to occupy Kuwait just to get him in their trap. We all know what followed there after including the justice done by hanging him. Can the fate of Meles be any different?

  4. | #4

    My father who lives in the hell fire, j
    Thank you for the gift ““ Somali war,
    And for the “Parliament lambs”? you gave me so far,
    To be sacrificed for me, in need of other affair.
    I use them and throw when their time comes,
    They camouflage my daily duty of massacres,
    Give me my daily bread I beg from foreigners,
    “?For a country”? with hunger while in excess,
    That gives me milk and honey, to become rich in Indonesian Banks?
    In the name of the most I hate – Ethiopian masses.
    O my lord the master of hell,
    Keep me away from the opposition leaders in jail,
    They snatched from me the peoples will.
    What is the death of 200 people?
    Even the hidden hundreds of thousand bloods I spill?
    The Ethiopian wealth I stole?
    Hear me my hero of the hell.
    Give my “AGAZI Army”? more time to kill.
    I put the youth in the “Nazi camps”?,
    The old, the young, pregnant ladies,
    I killed their children and was pleased,
    Then journalism, Radio, TV, Internet closed,
    To make the news of my own to the world,
    Thank you my master for the “Somali warlord”? p
    But why can’t I buy the peoples will?
    When the spirit is kept in jail?
    Tell me Lord, king of kings of hell,
    Deceiving the US, the UK, and all,
    Is the support from UE, UN, AU, to fail?
    I lobbied many in the US as well,
    From the blood money of the poor I pile,
    Is that all to no avail?
    O Lord, I need courage in my future place to come,
    Why people scare me with “COURT in HAGUE”??
    Is that where they kept Milosevic? Charles Tailor’s place?
    The place of justice, rule of Low my nightmare?
    But the scariest things of all to me,
    Facing the Ethiopian people – the enemy,
    I sold my mother land to “sworn enemies”?,
    Fear of war at the East African borders,
    Abandoned by Amharans, Tigreans ,Oromos, Sidamas”¦
    Save me my master from the Unity of Ethiopians! AMEN my hell creator of all evils!
    (A poem taken from anonimous Ethiopian)

  5. | #5

    Prayers of Meles !
    “Abate hoy, begehanebe esat yemetnor”?

    My father who lives in the hell fire,
    Thank you for the gift ““ Somali war,
    And for the “Parliament lambs”? you gave me so far,
    To be sacrificed for me, in need of other affair.
    I use them and throw when their time comes,
    They camouflage my daily duty of massacres,
    Give me my daily bread I beg from foreigners,
    “?For a country”? with hunger while in excess,
    That gives me milk and honey, to become rich in Indonesian Banks?
    In the name of the most I hate – Ethiopian masses.
    O my lord the master of hell,
    Keep me away from the opposition leaders in jail,
    They snatched from me the peoples will.
    What is the death of 200 people?
    Even the hidden hundreds of thousand bloods I spill?
    The Ethiopian wealth I stole?
    Hear me my hero of the hell.
    Give my “AGAZI Army”? more time to kill.
    I put the youth in the “Nazi camps”?,
    The old, the young, pregnant ladies,
    I killed their children and was pleased,
    Then journalism, Radio, TV, Internet closed,
    To make the news of my own to the world,
    Thank you my master for the “Somali warlord”? p
    But why can’t I buy the peoples will?
    When the spirit is kept in jail?
    Tell me Lord, king of kings of hell,
    Deceiving the US, the UK, and all,
    Is the support from UE, UN, AU, to fail?
    I lobbied many in the US as well,
    From the blood money of the poor I pile,
    Is that all to no avail?
    O Lord, I need courage in my future place to come,
    Why people scare me with “COURT in HAGUE”??
    Is that where they kept Milosevic? Charles Tailor’s place?
    The place of justice, rule of Low my nightmare?
    But the scariest things of all to me,
    Facing the Ethiopian people – the enemy,
    I sold my mother land to “sworn enemies”?,
    Fear of war at the East African borders,
    Abandoned by Amharans, Tigreans ,Oromos, Sidamas”¦
    Save me my master from the Unity of Ethiopians! AMEN my hell creator of all evils!
    (A poem taken from anonimous Ethiopian)

  6. Mesfin
    | #6

    No, I think it is the same. In the west world you don’t have a permanent leader, not permanent dictator that would think of your favor for life time. You are voluble as long as they need you. After that you’re by your self. It is like “Serah Yawitah”. Menge did a lot of horrible thing in Ethiopia, but he did good for Zimbabwe and Mugabea. Now, either Zimbabwe or Mugabea couldn’t forget what Menge did for them when they really needed him. Meles…He has nobody. He has no where to go. Even now, Bush didn’t even call him to talk to him about the Somalia situation. Bush called the Uganda president instead. What an embarrassment for Meles, after what he has done. He didn’t even get a phone call. The only option he has is to reconcile with the Ethiopian people before it to late.

  7. Debesay
    | #7

    Human Rights Watch has described the Red Terror as “one of the most systematic uses of mass murder by a state ever witnessed in Africa except in Ethiopia where PM meles zenawi doing in a better and systematic way starting from Dedebet(Mussie……ETC-Shire-Telemet-Hawzen-Mekele(Ayder)-Gambella-Tepi-Wellega-officially in Addis ”
    Please comment on Mulugeta Asratae Kassa please closed your Mouth and livve to eat and drink actually he looks Corocodile mentally and physically ” YeAzo enba Endelu ” he Doesnt have a moral back ground ” Lenegeru Woyane bet moral yelem” to comment on Derg Crime

  8. | #8

    hi

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