Breaking: Judge Abinnet Tadesse has been released today

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April 23, 2018

(OiPlatform): Judge Abinnet Tadesse has been released today. East Harerge Zone Bedenno Wereda First Instance Court Judge Abinnet Tadesse who was arrested alongside Prosecutor Tereffa Dessie by the Command Post on Friday, has been released today around 4 PM local time. OiPlatform sources indicated that the Command Post officials were already in the process of transferring Abinnet Tadesse to Zone 3 of the Command Post’s prison in Dire Dawa when they received a call from Oromia Supreme Court officials and ordered to release him.

 

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On Friday April 20, 2018, a Fist Instance court judge and a prosecutor in East Harerge Zone Bedenno Wereda were arrested by the Command Post.
Prosecutor Tereffa Dessie and First Instance Court judge Abinnet Taddesse were arrested Friday evening after the judge, Abinnet Tadesse, ordered the release of three individuals who were detained at the Wereda police station by the Command Post.

 

 

According to Oiplatform sources, the three individuals were detained at the station. The prosecutor was ordered by the judge to explain the reason for the arrests. The prosecutor explained to the judge saying that “he knew nothing about the crimes the three individuals were accused of and that the police brought no evidence of wrongdoing against the detained individuals.”

The prosecutor then told the judge that since no evidence of any wrongdoing was submitted by police, he couldn’t continue with the case. As a result, the judge ordered the release of the three individuals.

After the release of the three individuals, the prosecutor was called to the Wereda police station. Judge Abinnet Tadesse was also told to show up at the woreda police station. They were questioned by officials from the Command Post as to why they released the three individuals. The prosecutor (Tereffa) explained the situation and what exactly happened. However, the Command Post officials claimed that the court had no power to decide on individuals arrested by the command post and decided to detain both the Jude and the Prosecutor at the Wereda Police Station.

On Saturday morning, after a phone call from Oromia Justice Bureau to the command post officials in the wereda, the prosecutor Tereffa Dessie was released. However, the judge is still in custody.

The command post has been targeting Oromia officials both at local and regional levels. In the past,  Head of Oromia Justice Breau Communication head Mr. Taye Dandea and Oromia Police Commander were arrested.

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Ethiopia has been accused of serious violation of human rights especially in the context of the first state of emergency. A report by the US State Department says “arbitrary deprivation of life, disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention by security forces; denial of a fair public trial; infringement of privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, internet, assembly, association, and movement are some of the most significant human rights issues in the country. The report underlines that human rights violators act with impunity: “The government generally did not take steps to prosecute or otherwise punish officials who committed human rights abuses…. Impunity was a problem; there was an extremely limited number of prosecutions of security force members or officials for human rights abuses during the year.” “arbitrary deprivation of life, disappearances, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by security forces; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention by security forces; denial of a fair public trial; infringement of privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, internet, assembly, association, and movement are some of the most significant human rights issues in the country. The report underlines that human rights violators act with impunity: “The government generally did not take steps to prosecute or otherwise punish officials who committed human rights abuses…. Impunity was a problem; there was an extremely limited number of prosecutions of security force members or officials for human rights abuses during the year.”

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