Woyanne revives 2005 Treason Trial against Banned Journalists

December 12th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Press Release(Sisay,Serkalem & Eskinder) / December 12, 2008

It is now a little over a year since Ethiopia’s EPRDF led government triumphantly announced to the world that the post 2005 election crises has finally been overcome in the spirit of the new millennium’s rallying dictum of national reconciliation and renewal. (more…)

Press Release(Sisay,Serkalem & Eskinder) / December 12, 2008

It is now a little over a year since Ethiopia’s EPRDF led government triumphantly announced to the world that the post 2005 election crises has finally been overcome in the spirit of the new millennium’s rallying dictum of national reconciliation and renewal.

And yet it took the EPRDF led government less than two months after the millennium celebrations to rescind it’s much trumpeted rhetoric and refuse press licenses to independent journalists, illegally restricting the constitutional right to freedom of expression entrusted to all citizens.

But the EPRDF led government has not stooped there. In addition to making a mockery of the constitution it never tires of lauding, it has vengefully reopened the universally discredited treason trial of 2005 against the publishers of Ethiopia’s free press. As such, what were two of Ethiopia’s leading publishing houses, Sisay Publishing and Serkalem Publishing, have been served with court summons(Number 43246) to appear before the first criminal bench of the federal high court on December 24 2008. The summons details the request by the public prosecutor to seize all liquid and fixed assets of the owners of the publishing houses in an effort to collect fines imposed against them upon conviction in the much discredited and infamous treason trial of 2005.

The federal second criminal bench of the high court had dissolved the two publishing houses after imposing hefty fines against them, which was later revoked by a presidential pardon granted to all those charged and convicted in connection with the post 2005 election crises.

We call on the Ethiopian public and the international community to insist the EPRDF led government has the moral and legal obligation to stay committed to the post election crises settlement, which rests on the premise of the restoration of status-quo-ante, annulling the fines and allowing us to resume our work as journalists.

We would also like to reiterate that Serkalem Fasil,who is in Europe for a human rights campaign, will return to Ethiopia as scheduled, on December 15 2008, and face the court.

Sisay Agena,Serkalem Fasil, Eskinder Nega.

  1. Geremew
    | #1

    It is a shame that we can not get rid of this woyanne beast. The Ethiopian people have tolerated too much of woyanne. These beasts must be eliminated from the face of the earth. These are low life creatures who have no respect for humans. IT IS A SHAME!! SHAME ON YOU ALL ETHIOPIANS WHO KEEP QUITE WHEN THESE BEASTS PATRONIZE US!!

  2. GOMORA
    | #2

    OH THANK YOU GOD FOR KEEP HELPING OUR STRONG ARMY THE GREAT WOYANE AGAZI. AND GOD HELP OUR DEAR PM.MELLES ZENAWI THE WORLDS GREATEST MAN.
    AND PLS GOD TAKE THOES ANTI WOYANES TO HELLLL.

  3. Temesgen
    | #3

    It is a call made to all of us to stand and fight woyane. We do not need to wast our time with skirmish between ourselves. Let us all stand together and fight woyane for once and for all. Ginbot7 has already made a call for all of us to unite and fight. Let us each give money to g7 hating woyane is not enough. The struggle demands much more. Go to G7.

  4. | #4

    It is to written, that we the people of the great republic of Abbay Tigray,in our final council have decided to rule the empire as we see it fit. Those who dream of challenging our rule would face the heavy hand of our Agazzi forces.

    All the Ethiopian riches would be at the services of our Abbay Tigray Republic.

    In a limited number of ten years, the Republic would stand on its two feet and running.

    The only obstacle to our grand design is the Eritrean President Issias Afewerki. A swift solution has to be found, for leaving him to play the Ethiopian political chess would herald our end.

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