Reactions of Ethiopians in Diaspora to the Kangaroo Court Decision

April 7th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

Reactions of Ethiopians in Diaspora to the Kangaroo Court Decision
“If we followed the court cases of Professor Asrat, Dr. Taye, Ato Seye Abraha, and hundreds of other politically motivated court cases in the last 15 years we see a pattern of the Zenawi regime’s vindictive nature of trying to crush and humiliate individuals that oppose the regime by using the Ethiopian court system.”
Meron Ahadu

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Reactions of Ethiopians in Diaspora to the Kangaroo Court Decision
“If we followed the court cases of Professor Asrat, Dr. Taye, Ato Seye Abraha, and hundreds of other politically motivated court cases in the last 15 years we see a pattern of the Zenawi regime’s vindictive nature of trying to crush and humiliate individuals that oppose the regime by using the Ethiopian court system.”
Meron Ahadu

Meron Ahadu

There is nothing surprising about the ruling of the Kangaroo Court.  We have known for the last 15 years that there is no independent Judiciary system in Ethiopia. If we followed the court cases of Professor Asrat, Dr. Taye, Ato Seye Abraha, and hundreds of other politically motivated court cases in the last 15 years we see a pattern of the Zenawi regime’s vindictive nature of trying to crush and humiliate individuals that oppose the regime by using the Ethiopian court system.

The imprisoned Kinijit leaders had it right when they refused to defend themselves because they understood from the inception they would not get a fair trial and it was all a charade to impress the Donor nations. Zenawi’s regime would jump for joy if the Kinijit leaders changed their minds and started defending themselves in Zenawi’s court system. It would give&nbsp Zenawi’s Kangaroo court the legitimacy that it craves in front of the  international community.
 
All the charade that we have been seeing for the last year and in the years before that with the other politically motivated trials has been for the benefit of the international community. Because there is nothing surprising in the Kangroo Court’s ruling, the Ethiopian people have to continue to struggle to liberate themselves from the tyrannical rule of the Zenawi regime.The good news is that nothing lasts forever and Zenawi and his cohorts will bite the dust sooner than later.  It is unfortunate for them that history will remember them as those that have brought on so much  misery and destruction to Ethiopia and its people.
Regards,
Meron Ahadu

 

Prof. Al Mariam

I have said all along that the outcome of this kangaroo trial is a foregone conclusion. But the aim of the so-called trial was not to serve the ends of justice. Zenawi wanted to put up a theatrical production for his Western aid donors and show them that he abides by the rule of law.

Over the past year and half, Zenawi has managed only to put on a circus freak show on the stage of justice. He has exhibited hundreds of perjurers and lairs in his kangaroo court, and caused the presentation of fabricated evidence against the prisoners of conscience. But on the stage of his kangaroo court, he has managed to display for the world to see his own depravity and the monstrosity of his crimes. Zenawi should know no one is duped by his trickery. No one is fooled.

But we should be vigilant against the master of diversion and deception. He is always hard at work on his smoke and mirrors show. By dragging out this laughable criminal case against the prisoners of conscience and by keeping our eyes fixed on the stage of his kangaroo court, Zenawi thinks he can divert attention from his continued gross violations of human rights in Ethiopia, the hyperinflation in the Ethiopian economy, his crimes in Somalia and his repression of all dissent in the country. But Zenawi should know no one is duped by his trickery. No one is fooled.

Zenawi is between the devil and the deep blue sea (no pun intended) on the prisoners of conscience issue. If he exonerates them for lack of evidence, he will have to face questions about their imprisonment in the first place. If he convicts them for the laughable offenses, he’d have to face two to other issues. Will he impose long prison sentences or even capital punishment? How will he explain the conviction and long sentences to his aid donors — his lifeline — who are secretly urging him to release the prisoners and bring stability to the country. Zenawi’s only option out of the mess he has created may be to "convict" the prisoners of conscience and say he has pardoned them for the good of the country or some such bogus reason.

So, if I were a betting man, I’d say Zenawi will drag out the kangaroo court case for as long as he can because it is a great diversionary trick for him. But he has played that old game so long, nobody really cares what he does or does not do. He is irrelevant to the cause of justice in Ethiopia.

I am often inspired by words in the Scriptures: "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be
measured to you again." Many a petty tyrant has learned this divine lesson the hard way.

I invite all to read my 32-page analysis of the kangaroo court proceedings at:


http://.com/pdf/keystone_cops.pdf


http://www.addisvoice.com/article/keystone.pdf

 

Aklog Limeneh
Chairman KNAASO

“The bad news of the ruling of the kangaroo court in
Ethiopia was a shock to all inDiaspora and in the country. Of course, this was not something that was unexpected. Based on the selection of loyalist cadres to the bench, the lack of neutrality and neglect of defendants’ petitions regarding abuses they suffered from, as well as thecourt’s manifestation beyond its judicial role as public prosecutor, it was, even from the outset, abundantly clear what the ruling was likely to be.

There would be no more reliable testimony than the exiled prominent judicial administration officials who told the world how Meles Zenawi personally and his lieutenants interfere in the decision making of other organs by threatening of those who dare to make decision contrary to their wishes. The kangaroo court has once again proved its subservience to the will of the executive organ. It lost once and for all the very slim credibility it had as an independent judicial organ. It was exactly for the maintenance of the independence of the judiciary that the leaders of CUD fought for and became victims of the anti-democratic dictatorial regime. More shocking and disappointing to Ethiopians was the failure of the judiciary to assert its independence as well as playing role as an instrument of repression to authoritarian regime.

If our heroic leaders stand by their earlier declaration not defend themselves before a kangaroo court that was not independent enough to adjudicate justice, it is likely that the merciless cadres of Meles would sentence them severe penalty unless Ethiopians on all walk of life and international community put pressure to the regime. It is not secret that the ruthless regime in Addis Ababa acts aggressively when it is aware that we are divided and not united; I feel that we are partially responsible for not acting more in unison in opposition of the aggression of human and political rights, in defense of the prisoners of conscience at Kaliti, and the very basic democratic principles that brought about the illegal imprisonment of our heroic leaders. Leaving aside our minor differences, it is high time we stand together in opposition to the so called “court ruling”?, which is in fact the decision of a core of the ruling party. We have to use all avenues to put pressure on the government of Melese to release the most innocent, peaceful and law abiding citizens who are languishing in jail simply for political reasons. “

Aklog Limeneh
Chairman KNAASO

Alemayehu Zemedkun
I have read the sad storey from Ethio-Zagol , Woyanya’s carefully designed plan is to maintain the countries internal discontent to this court litigation level , if the prisoners of concise released from prison , the
agenda will be changed to election misrepresentation & human right attrocities which was comitted by the government.

Moreover, Everybody should know that pursuant to the existing penal code of Ethiopia , rigorious imprisonment in what ever yeares has aditional penality that is the defendant will be barred from National Rights , these include the right to elect and to be elected , from being a wittnes , from being a gardian etc .What one can infer from this is that the government is moving to dissociate these political prisoners from political scene in the name of criminal case judgement.We have to work together to find the possible alternatives to bring out our country from this dangerous situation.Alemayehu Z.

Lulit Mesfin

“Ayzuachehu! Ayzuachehu!”?
The comforting words of brave warriors. I heard the news of Zenawi’s ruling at the ungodly hour of 3:00am on April 4, 2007. As my head hit my pillow around midnight, I had hoped for the best but prepared for the worst, for the enemy is like none we have ever faced.

Throughout the day, anger mixed with outrage incapacitated me. I felt bitter, hateful and vindictive- raw, negative emotions that were turning my stomach inside out. At the same time, in a very strange way I felt totally liberated and somewhat thankful that Meles did us all a favor, by giving us the perfect opportunity, to declare total war on him and his thugs who are holding our people and our country hostage. Now all bets are off. Once my anger subsided, I went to my computer to check out one of my favorite ferenji blogger, Lewit. Sure enough, never one to disappoint, I came across the above words he/she had written. The men in black, the forces of darkness, who live to eat rather than eat to live had just finished reading their diktat from the capo di tutti, when Kinijit leaders turned towards their shell shocked family members and uttered the uplifting words— “Ayzuachehu! Ayzuachehu”? God bless them all, even in the face of evil they never fail to inspire us and comfort us.

I sat there motionless imagining that scene. I could just see the defiant Hailu Shawel nodding at his brave son, Shawel Hailu and urging him to carry on; I could see my beautiful heroine, Bertukan Mideksa flashing that beautiful smile at her mother and telling her not to worry, I could also see our knight in shining armor, Berhanu Nega, glancing towards “his rock of Gibraltar”? his wife Nardos, and urging her to hang tough. All the true sons and daughters of Mother Ethiopia, in their own unique way telling their loved ones that they will never, ever, surrender to evil. My fearsome frown turned into a bright smile allowing me to renew my solemn promise that I’ll fight the righteous fight until my last gasp of breath.

The struggle continues!
Lulit Mesfin

Tedla Asfaw

I wake up early around 6AM and was surfing the web and got the news and I posted my opinion on many of the Ethiopian web sites immediately and send it also to the pro government web sites like Aiga.
The decision was not unexpected but the delaying drama for the last month and days make me believe that may be the so called elderly and prominent Ethiopians might have convinced the regime to think twice before putting itself in a difficult situation and the miscalculation that might bring the Ethiopian people on a street and force the release of our leaders and also the end of the regime. The Western countries especially USA and Britain  have not understood the anger in ordinary Ethiopians and are now telling us to go through the quick "legal process" that will reach a verdict before the end of the Ethiopian year. The sad thing is that all this is happening at a time the world attention is in Mogadishu bloodshed another iillegal adventure by the regime and the beating of war drum against the Eritrean regime and its so called home grown terrorists.

This verdict is a test for the Ethiopian people and the Diaspora Ethiopians and we have to pass the test because failure means a new century with a regime that will never accept the rule of law, peoples verdict and the existence of  united Ethiopia.

Thanks,

Tedla Asfaw

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