Families, friends barred from Kaliti Prison

September 10th, 2006 Print Print Email Email

Source : Ethiomedia

ADDIS ABABA – A new government directive has barred relatives and friends from visiting Kinijit leaders and other political prisoners behind bars at Kiliti, a top Kinijit source informed Ethiomedia on Saturday.

“Only spouses and children that provide photo I.D.s upon request are granted access to visit the inmates,” the source said.

As a result of the new restrictions, Bertukan Mideksa could not meet with the only sister who used to regularly visit her with food and clothes. The popular Kinijit leaders protested against the new measures by staying back in their cells. Scores of Kinijit family members, supporters and friends who had travelled to Kaliti Prison to wish the leaders and other political prisoners a happy Ethiopian New Year were turned back by prison guards.

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Woldemichael Meshesha, a top Meles Zenawi loyalist judge, and Firehiwot Samuel, the president of the Supreme Court, both on the commission that was set up to investigate into the killings of June and November 2005 have reportedly fled the country.

The popular blogger Ethio-Zagol said the two left Ethiopia despite a relentless effort by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to reverse the findings of their investigation which incriminate the ruling party as the sole responsible body for the deaths in the post-election crisis.

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