Surprise ruling against govt—revived treason trial – Sisay Agena, Serkalem Fasil and Eskinder Nega ( Addis Ababa)

February 6th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

The second criminal bench of the federal high court ruled against the government and struck down a request to collect fines imposed against four publishing houses in the treason trial of 2005.

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The second criminal bench of the federal high court ruled against the government and struck down a request to collect fines imposed against four publishing houses in the treason trial of 2005.

The government lodged a complaint against four publishing houses (Serkalem publishing, Sisay publishing,Fasil publishing and Zekarias publishing), seven months after a presidential amnesty for all those convicted in connection with the 2005 post election riots, asserting that that the pardon does not cover the fines imposed by the court. Serkalem publishing and Sisay publishing appeared before court and petitioned for a rejection of the complaint citing Ethiopia’s pardon proclamation 395/2004, article 231/2 and article 12/6; which stipulate that pardon granted to persons will automatically pertain to monetary fines as well unless it’s clearly stated otherwise, and that if one person in a case applies for pardon it shall be considered that the application for pardon shall be presumed to include all co-defendants.

The court ruled that since the fines were specifically imposed in connection with the conviction of editors owned by the publishing houses, who were pardoned and released from prison, the government does not have the legal ground to pursue the fines as separate cases. This proves that the government was using the case for political vendetta and intimidation against its critics.

We would like to remind all concerned parties that the government is still illegally denying us press licenses, restricting freedom of expression in the country in contravention of both the constitution and the press law. Three years after the crackdown against the free press in 2005, all newspapers shut down (thirteen political newspapers) are still prevented from publishing; adversely affecting the quality and intensity of public discourse. The continued absence of Ethiopia’s fiery free press is one of the most visible reminders that the country has yet to return to normalcy after the post election crises in 2005.

  1. yichala
    | #1

    Are we smelling something?

    Well these so called government, a bunch of thugs made the charge on the journalists. Fist of all was it a real charge or is it a theatrical show for the donors by thes bunch of thugs? God save Ethiopia from the mercenaries, low human cratures.

  2. yichala
    | #2

    The tplf should pay to journalists for:

    1- The wasted time.
    2- For their publications
    3- For them and for their family sufferings due to this.
    4- Not only for the damage but also for any cost that is assoicated to these illegal charge.
    5- tplf should appologiz publicly for any of the wrong doings, actually for anyone that is charged for treason and the so called ones.
    …..

  3. girmay
    | #3

    This is the TPLF tactic. They want to show the judiciary is independent. You will see

    1. The upper court will revert the ruling or
    2. The government wants that ruling to pass message to the donours that the judiciary is independent or
    3.If the judges ruled like that aginst the will of the TPLF, they will face the cinsequence by TPLF junta

    Otherwise, for TPLF, controlled judicia, this is impossible.

  4. DANIEL SOLOMIN
    | #4

    Woyanes/TPLF Theathrical actions getting funnier and funnier yrs after yrs.they try to fool us and the world as if there is an INDEPENDENT JUDICAL SYSTEM ????????? ITS A PROVEN FACT THAT TPLF IS THE CONSTITUTION,THE LAW AND THE POLICE OF ETHIOPIA

  5. DANIEL SOLOMIN
    | #5

    KKKKKKKKKKK

    Ayy TPLF They are getting a better COMEDIANS Every day —IS there a judicial System free of TPLF ???? I DO NOT THINK SO -

  6. DANIEL SOLOMIN
    | #6

    TPLF’s theatrical Episodes is getting funnier and even funnier every day -this Part is trying to convince the world that in TPLF’s Ethiopia there is the rule of law and an indpendent judiciary System :-) What a joke

  7. Maji
    | #7

    This a glimps of hope for justice but I am very doubtful whether wayane upholds the rulling or not.

    I prey for the publisher’s victory to last.

  8. | #8

    What do you expect people: these people came out of the aiga jungle and practicing what they learned in the jungle. I think it is fair to say, 1- THE AIGA DEMOCRACY, 2- THE AIGA CONSTITUTION, 3- THE AIGA COURT SYSTEM, 4- THE DEVELOPMENT, 5- THE AIGA NATION-NATIONALITIES, AND FINALLY 6- THE AIGA DIPLOMACY; AND WE CAN ALSO SAFELY SAY THE AIGA UNTHIOPIAN ARCHITECTS LED BY BEREKET SIMON AND LEGESSE Z. GOD SAVE ETHIOPIA FROM THESE THUGS AND LOOTERS!

  9. Washeraw
    | #9

    Melles has transmitted his message: “KEEP QUIET”. After that, he doesn’t care about the money.

    He also wants to show the wide world that he has established an independent judiciary. This is funny! How long does he think he can hoodwink the whole world?

  10. BIRTU/CAN
    | #10

    What a wonderful story for aiga forum. I can see the headline now. judicial system in Ethiopia working! The opposition protest against woyane is much ado about nothing! First they releasd Bekele on bail. Now this.

    The fact of the matter is nothing has changed. When the going gets tough, Woyane knows how to play its card. I mean they will do anything to change the momentum in time of trouble and balance the tip to their side. Meles is Houdini resurrected. They are magicians of deceive and manipulation. They will give an inch and take away the whole yard. Don’t be fooled! They can fool the ferenjis but not us. The writing is on the wall. Woyane will implode soon and its days are numbered.

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