Resume of “˜Kangaroo’ Court “˜Mediocre’ Judges

April 4th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

Kangaroo court judges: Mohammad Abdulsani, Leul Gebremariam and Adil Ahmed

Excerpted from of December 2006 Article titled “In the name of “¦Justice?”?

Judge Mohammad seems to have the least suspicious CV of the three and is generally considered apolitical. Currently in is his late-30s, he graduated in law from the Civil Service College in Addis Ababa and practiced as a prosecutor in the SNNPR region for years before being appointed as a federal high court judge.

Judge Leul, the eldest of the three, is a law graduate from the night school program at Addis Ababa University (which, by the way, awards diplomas, not degrees) and began working immediately as a prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice. Within this institution he quickly developed a reputation as the “˜right-hand-man’ of the EPRDF, and though he remained “officially”? outside the hierarchy of civil service, he was able to control and direct operations (even “˜influencing’ the Minister himself!) due to his known government affiliation. During the 2000 election, he publicly campaigned for the EPRDF and was later controversially appointed as a judge on the Second Criminal Division of the Federal High Court (the bench where political hearings are usually conducted. Strangely, this judge is also known for carrying his personal gun with him to every court session!)

The young Judge Adil, originally from the Harari region, also attended The Civil Service College. (It is important to note that during his time of study, the national education system was such that upon failure of the high-school national exam, entrance to public universities or colleges was denied–leaving the option of attending either a private college or The Civil Service College (widely-considered a pro-EPRDF, “˜cadre-development’ centre). Here he studied law and was appointed as a judge at the Harari Region High Court immediately upon graduation. Then (somewhat “˜miraculously’, considering his academic record!) he received a scholarship from the British Council to study at the esteemed Essex University, where he received his Masters degree in Human Rights Law. After returning from study, he was named President of the Harari Region Supreme Court, and was later appointed President of the Federal High Court (after the former president left for study abroad).

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