Home | News    Sunday 18 September 2011

Ethiopia denies terrorism-linked arrests “politically motivated”

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

September 17, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian government said the recent arrests made against opposition politicians and journalists were not politically motivated claiming that a terror plot was planned for the country’s New Year celebrations last week.

Ethiopian security forces earlier this week arrested five terror suspects on alleged links with Ginbot 7, an exiled political group, recently designated as terrorist organisation by Addis Ababa.

The Federal Police and the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) in a joint press conference both gave on Friday said police has concrete evidence over their planned terror plot links to Ginbot 7.

Among the arrested included Andualem Arage, deputy chairman of the Medrek party, the country’s biggest opposition group, and three other opposition party members.

“Police have adequate evidence against these terror suspects with close links to the terrorist group Ginbot 7,” said Demelash Gebremichael, assistant the assistant commissioner of Ethiopia’s federal police.

He said the suspects engaged in undercover work for outlawed entities using their legal political membership as cover for their terrorism plots.

“Being a member of a political party does not exempt one from criminal liability and the evidence we will present to court during trial shows their involvement in terrorism,” Demelash said.

Following the arrests, Human Rights Watch urged the Ethiopian government to end what the rights group said was “a widening crackdown against opposition politicians and dissidents”

Adopted in 2009, Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, contains a broad and vague definition of terrorist acts and makes the publication of statements "likely to be understood as encouraging terrorist acts" punishable by imprisonment for 10 to 20 years.

International human rights groups have described the Proclamation as “restrictive and vague” and have further criticised the broadly termed law as a weapon designed to easily accuse peaceful critics against government.

Minister of state at the Communications Ministry, Shimeles Kemal, defended the government over reports that the arrests were in order to suppress civil dissent.

“Such claim of arrests of individuals in the country because of political outlooks is baseless” he said.

“Over 90 political parties operate in the country and none of these political party members are being harassed or intimidated for their political outlook.”

Those being held were “leading a plan to throw the country into serious political chaos through a series of terrorist acts,” he added.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Bring Sudanese troops home now 2018-04-21 15:25:57 By Salah Shuaib The Sudanese troops fighting hard now in Yemen, who were sent there by order of al-Bashir, should return home. The process of implementing this task is much challenging. But, we (...)

Dissolution and formation of the Cabinet - 2013 2018-04-20 08:00:00 Amb Telar Deng The events that led to the 2013 dissolution of cabinet can be traced back to the deep mistrust that fermented back in 1991 when leaders failed to close ranks. After the 1991 (...)

The Darfur issue remains in oblivion 2018-04-20 07:36:49 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The victims and survivors of the atrocious crimes in the Darfur region where very few in the world cares for their plight continue feeling trapped, no way out but at the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)

Appeal for forgiveness and pardon of John Agou Wuoi 2018-03-07 08:28:08 H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), 5th February, 2018. Through: Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth (...)

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.