Woyanne charges 46 with ‘assassination plot’ – ADDIS ABABA (AFP)

June 4th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia on Thursday charged 46 people, most of them ex-military, of plotting to assassinate government officials, a government spokesman said. (more…)

Ethiopia on Thursday charged 46 people, most of them ex-military, of plotting to assassinate government officials, a government spokesman said.

“The charges can be summed up as conspiring to kill different government officials and conspiring to demolish public utilities,” Communications Minister Bereket Simon told reporters.

“The prosecution presented the charges to the court today,” he said, more than a month after their arrest.

Authorities are holding 32 out of the 46 suspects with the rest believed to have fled to the United States, Europe, Eritrea and Sudan.

Ethiopian authorities in April said they had unearthed a plot by senior serving and former military officers aligned with the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) to kill top government officials and attack key infrastructure.

The group has been detained and held in communicado for more than a month.

Bereket denied accusations that detaining the men for over a month without charge violated regulations, saying national anti-terrorism laws allowed police to hold suspects without charge for as long as in necessary.

“No constitutional right was abrogated,” he said.

Authorities accuse the CUD’s leader Berhanu Nega of masterminding the alleged plot. CUD won an unprecedented number of seats in the 2005 elections, which observers said fell short of international standards.

Around 200 people died in post-election violence that erupted after the CUD accused Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s party of rigging the ballot.

Berhanu, currently living in exile in the United States, was elected mayor of Addis Ababa in the polls. He was subsequently jailed for two years and left the country after his release.

  1. JIGSA
    | #1

    the TPLF FALSE ACUSATION FABRICATED ALEGATION IS NOT NEW ANY more they tell you all kind of lies just to stay in power.as far as the ethiopian people are concerned the tplf leader melesse zenawi and his group are A DE’FACTO REGIME.the ethiopian people vote is stolen in2005 they are illegal group of mafias who refused to leave the office.

  2. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    | #2

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ::::WE CAN NOT JUST SEAT BACK AND TPLF BUTCHER HEROIC ETHIOPIANS DAY IN DAY OUT –THEIR CRIME TO BE ETHIOPIAN AND STAND FOR JUSTICE AND THE RULE OF LAW TO PREVAIL IN THE NATION WHERE TPLF IS THE CONSTITUTION ,THE PARLIAMENT, THE POLICE ,THE ARMY AND THE PRESS,AND YES WE ETHIOPIANS CAN GET RID OF THIS BRUTAL DICTATORS AND FORM A NATION WHERE THE RULE OF LAW PREAVAILS AND IN ORDER –THIS TPLF INNER CIRCLE CRIMINALS MUST FACE JUSTICE AND MUST FACE JUSTICE NOW –BEFORE THEY SWIPPED OUT ALL PRO DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM ETHIOPIANS OFF THE EARTH

  3. Tenbit
    | #3

    besfertu Kuna Mesfer Aykerem
    Woyanem ye-jun yagegnal beteraw

  4. almaz
    | #4

    On Saturday June 6, Brave Ethiopians in Washington DC area must go to Weyane embassy in washington to demonstrate, disrupt the meeting, and take fotos of those killer and hodam ethiopians who are invited to Aboy Tsehay meeting and collaborate with TPLF and expose them in the media.
    Same has been done in Europe.

  5. BIRTU/CAN
    | #5

    The situation in Ethiopia is coming full circle. It is going to take one simple unexpected incident before all hell let lose. Forget the incarceration of Birtukan or the killing of over 200 (known)innocent citizens, but some simple unexpected incident is going to do it.

    I believe, now is the time to discuss the punishment phase of Woyane officials even before they are removed from power. The opposition should always look ahead and take action accordingly. Selected few Woyane officials must be punished for causing Ethiopia and Ethiopians so much misery. This is not about revenge. This is about accountability. No mercy for murderers!

    FREE BIRTUKAN

  6. ተላ
    | #6

    አብዮታዊት ኢትዮፕያችን ወደፊት

  7. hana
    | #7

    naw the time is caming to stand together. we will freedam very soon GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA

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