Zenawi’s puppet finds Ethiopian star, Teddy Afro guilty over death – BBC

December 1st, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro has been convicted of the manslaughter of a homeless man killed in a hit-and-run incident in Addis Ababa in 2006. (more…)

Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro has been convicted of the manslaughter of a homeless man killed in a hit-and-run incident in Addis Ababa in 2006.

The singer was found guilty of running the man down in his car and driving away without reporting the incident.

Ethiopia’s best-known pop star was also convicted of driving without a licence. He faces between five and 15 years in prison when sentenced on Friday.

Afro’s music became an anthem for opposition protests in 2005.

Many of his fans believe the charges against him were politically motivated.

But Judge Leul Gebremariam dismissed Afro’s defence in a long summing-up, says the BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt, who was in the courtroom.

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There had been some confusion about which night the homeless man had died.

On the first date the singer – real name Tewodros Kassahun – had an alibi: He was out of the country.

On the second possible date, Afro claimed he had been out with friends. But the judge was not convinced and found him guilty on all charges.

As sentence was passed, the singer tried to protest and was hushed by his lawyers.

But as he left court, having regained his composure, Afro gave a thumbs-up sign to supporters and told journalists: “I never killed anyone, I didn’t get justice from this court.”

  1. Belaye Zeleke
    | #1

    TPLF Courtroom Drama – Par II

    Reading the courtroom drama of the TPLF dynasty jurisdiction, I can’t help it but to reflect on the trail of Kinijit leaders while they were incarcerated in Kaliti. Prison.
    This is a typical method of the TPLF rulers to utilize the “judicial system” to intimidate imprison and destroy anyone who dare to challenge their totalitarian regime.

    I am certain , shortly after this verdict that the so-called Shimagles” will be sent to Kaliti prison as a “peace makers” to seduce Teddy Afro in asking forgiveness with admission of a guilt that he never committed to be released from prison. In doing so, the TPFL regime will appear a forgiving fair regime for naive individuals and foreign diplomats while the government insures that the singer will never challenge the existence of the regime through his famous songs.

    Despite all of such orchestrated TPLF courtroom drama to stay in power, even the Woyane regime knows that its days in power are numbered. The fact is they can incarcerate Ethiopians but they can never incarcerate the spirit of ETHIOPIAWINET.

    Teddy Afro – You are one in a million and, millions are behind you!

  2. 1 ethiopia
    | #2

    I am not surprised. What do you expect from kangaroo court anyway? I think most of you involve in poultices after 2005. So you need to go back search how fascist woyan crated and who crate them. After that you will know the answer. How many of you know that 75% the leaders right now in Ethiopia pro shabiy. Guys you need to wakeup and know your enemy other ways next time you will be the one who putt in jail or killed. what can I say? Sham on all of us.

  3. Teodros ( Kassa)
    | #3

    I Totally agree and share Belay Zeleke’s Idea above,,,,had it not been the case they w’d have sentenced him on the spot once they found him guilty of verdict,,, but it looks lioke they are trying to buy time for the so called shimagile’s to go and talk to him,,,,by telling him he is guilty frustrating him and pushing to ascept the deal.
    Shame !!!
    Dagnaye esu new Yene dagna….” Dagi #2 Mezmur dedicated to Tedy.

  4. atuba dolla
    | #4

    As if the invaders did not murder and demolished the lives of thousands of Ethiopians and made homeless many more Ethiopians, as they didn’t rob and loot the citizens and the country, as they didn’t commit many more great and many crimes while in Nakfa caves and in Addis, they now have condemned and imprisoned the innocent.

    They formed the courts and other institutions around themselves, and tipped over the justice system,at last, they , the fool faile to balance the justice and ruined the life of the innocent.

    These weakest beasts soon,one day shall be brought to justice and receive the most bitter justice on their fateful day which is coming faster and faster.

  5. Ager
    | #5

    Let me tell you one critical thing about the Judge Leul Gegbremariam, who was the presiding judge both in the Kinijit trial and now on Teddy Afros case. Imagine, he is currently studying at Alpha Univerisyt college-extension program, and is the most slowest student in the class. Imagine, after presiding one of the biggest court cases in the contry’s hoistory, the kinijit trial, which basically had to do with the constitution, ‘judge’ or cadre Leul took ‘constitutional law 101 just this summer. So, why are you surprised?

  6. Ager
    | #6

    Let me tell you one critical thing about the Judge Leul Gegbremariam, who was the presiding judge both in the Kinijit trial and now on Teddy Afros case. Imagine, he is currently studying at Alpha Univerisyt college-extension program, and is the most slowest student in the class. Imagine, after presiding one of the biggest court cases in the contry’s hoistory, the kinijit trial, which basically had to do with the constitution, ‘judge’ or cadre Leul took ‘constitutional law 101 just this summer. So, why are you surprised?

  7. | #7

    Now It is time to give punishement to the so called judge Leul who became the Number One enemy of the Ethiopian people. We must Stonned him.

  8. RAS_ALULA FENKIL
    | #8

    hey loosers who is going to dudge the case of teddy? it’s mr leul. so shut up and let the judge do his worck. you guys are hoplesess why don’t you change your won life retherthan talking nonsens. I guess your family never wait your help ohh no how can one wait help from poor both financialy and maintaly you need to change firest your dummen life or we gone blow your dumen head off. LEFLAFI HULU.
    WOYANE IS THE BIG BOSS OF THE EST AFRIQA THE ROMONS EMPAIER HAS BEEN FOLD DOWEN YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. HHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEH OOOOPS SORRY. NO SORRY. MAD DOGS STOP BARKING AGAINST MELLES THE CLAVER LEADER AFRIQA HAS NEVER SEEN BEFOR O HALILUIA GOD THANK YOU WE HAVE SMART LEADER.
    DEATH AND MORE SUFFER TO ALL AGAINST MY PPL ALULA FENKIL.

  9. Kassa
    | #9

    Manim sew kehig Belay Endallhone yaregagete wisane new,Mirt zefagne kehig belay new Malet Lelaw diha Hig ayakew Moto yikir endemalet new silezih seken bilen yihig yebelynet enimirmir alebelezia neg bene lay new, silezih, yefird betu wisane girana kegnu semto yewesenew biyin silehone mekeber alebet, yemotewm eco diha bihnim sew new, sew hulum ekul mebt new yalew, silezih tedi beseferew kuna new yeteseferew.

  10. Woleyew
    | #10

    Where in this world a federal judge preside on a traffic accident case not to mention a Woyyanie cadre judge supposedly governing the country. I had a car accident and went to court the charge was in a city court and up on appeal went to the state court. Only Woyyanie use the federal court with its shameless judges like leul to do their dirty job and the cadres here bark through their lungs to cheer on like children lined up for a candy. The danger of the foot solider cadres are willing to kill when the order come from their bosses. Zambis like theses are the one who do the dirty job of Woyyanie

  11. Guenet
    | #11

    To all freedom lovers,

    Enough is enough!
    I think it’s very good to comment, but there should be also time to act. I think this trial can be a blessing in disguise, it’s like a wake up call. As we did it for leaders of CUD, we should work hard for the release of our beloved artist Teddy Afro.
    Any ideas?

  12. yikerbelen
    | #12

    leul need one big fero on his head . finish. inferiority, rude, narrow minddeness ,selfishness, rascism ,ignoracy and arrogancy are the foundation of all crimes., It is very shame for all ethiopians. ethiopians are dying at the boarder of that stony land [tegeray] against our brothers eritreans when the tegeray arrogants like leule became the servants of shabians likie sebat,melese and berekete to kill and mishandle ethiopians. It is time to abandon all ethio-shabians and join our forces from eritreans.

  13. Ewnet
    | #13

    Egziabiher! Yegna Dagna !!!
    Yiferdal Le Teddy BeT’kikilegna!!!
    Ametsacewin Aiyto Yeweyanewochin!
    Fet’no Yiad’ine’nnal Enemmen Getachinin!!!

  14. | #14

    ONLY IN ETHIOPIA: a prime minister and his stooges can slaughter as many as 153,000 people and still rules the country; ONLY IN ETHIOPIA: a prime minister and his stooges slaughter 193 people infront of their door steps and still rules the country; ONLY IN ETHIOPIA: a prime minister and his stooges takes order from their western masters to invade somebody’s country’s and cause destruction and mayhem but not accountable yet; ONLY IN ETHIOPIA: a prime minister and his stooges can loot, rob, kill, thief, lie, and lie but no accounted for; ONLY IN ETHIOPIA: the prime minister and his stooges makes this beautiful country as the jokes of all immature diplomatics, NGO’s, and other oganizations but not accounted for. Mother Ethiopia: LET GOD SAVE YOU FROM THE SCAVENGERS OF WEYANE AND ALL OF THEIR MASTERS- – including the Eritrean traitors!

  15. | #15

    tedesha i love you so much,
    you are very great person,
    you are beter for them,

  16. | #16

    teddy egziabiher yerda

  17. | #17

    i’m deeply sorry for Teddy. isn’t the so called judge liul graduated from civil service college? He is just a cadre he doesn’t even have knowledge to become a judgge. his role for the government is “succesor”. Why every time when politicaly motivated (woyane who wanted to punish) thing happen he is the only judge to see those charges? the answer is one b/c his judgement is what woyane’s want him to judge. I wonder for how long we will wait like this? They will punish us one by one. weakup every body.

  18. peppe
    | #18

    lemen etiopia mengest erasun endehone emiatalilew eminegr tefa hzbun demokrasi ale sel kalun bechi new amiawkaw and artist ende seasfaraw .problem alebet malet new

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