Home | News    Monday 25 June 2007

38 Ethiopian opponents claim responsibility for post-poll violence

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 24, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — 38 Ethiopian opposition activists convicted after violent protests in the wake of contested 2005 elections have admitted their "mistakes", their lawyer said Sunday.

JPEG - 9.1 kb
Ethiopian opposition leader for the Coalition of Unity and Democracy (CUD) Hailu shawel, casts his vote at a polling station in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa May 15, 2005. (Reuters).

The lawyer said the Thirty-eight accused, convicted by the High Court on June 11 for violating the constitution and trying to launch a rebellion, had signed a document to accept responsibility for the violence — a move that could prompt their release.

"All the convicted 38 have agreed and signed a document accepting responsibility over the post-election violence. They have acknowledged to have made mistakes at that time," lawyer Wondawuk Ayele told AFP.

"The court had previously asked them to do so but they had refused. This is a new development and could finalize their release."

Ethiopia put more than 100 opposition figures on trial, accused of plotting a coup after disputed 2005 elections which the opposition claims were rigged.

The spokesman for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Sunday denied that a deal had been struck for the activists’ release.

"So far there hasn’t been any proposal from the government, nor has there been any mediation involving any other country," Bereket Simon said.

"I’m not aware of any developments regarding their release."

Earlier this year, the Ethiopian parliament approved a report which said 193 civilians and six policemen died during post-election violence in 2005 in one of the darkest chapters in the country’s recent past.

The violence in Addis Ababa and other cities in June and November 2005 amid protests over the May 15 polls "occured due to infancy of the democratic system of the country", the report said.

The figures compiled by the inquiry were three times higher than the government’s official death toll of 54 which prompted howls of protest from Western donors.

But opposition groups dismissed the report as "baseless", arguing that it failed to hold the State accountable for the bloody crackdown.

(AFP)

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.
  • 26 June 2007 15:20, by Tezebet

    Tha above story is totally wrong. What it should be is they have signed a document to accept PARTIAL responsibility for the violence. It is not admitting a mistake, but it is a deal by the government for their release.

    Sudan Tribune should reflect the truth in your story line. If you are taking the story from another source amke sure you are telling the world the right story.

    These convicted prisoner of conscience are heroes of Ethiopian People, fighting for peace and democracy in the country.

    View online : http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.ph...

    repondre message

  • 6 July 2007 18:36, by William

    There is more regarding the release on the BBC Media, (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/6236990.stm)some clarity regarding detail of the charges the 38 defendants have claimed responsibility (partial or whole) for would be welcomed. What exactly is it they claim they have done and what perhaps more pertinently is the legal criteria that has stipulated they may now be released because of this development?

    View online : 38 Prisoners to be freed

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

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


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


When threatened, nature fights back: A case for wetlands 2016-09-26 10:24:12 By Dr. Abdulkarim Seid At a glance, wetlands – large expanses of swamps – seem like public nuisances, a waste of space; occupying prime land which could otherwise be turned into sprawling shopping (...)

UNHRC Meetings: Is it a “diplomatic conspiracy” and “CSOs camouflage”? 2016-09-26 06:01:34 Notions From the United Nations Human Rights Council in its 33rd Session on Sudan: Is it a “Diplomatic Conspiracy” and “CSOs camouflage”? By Mohamed Yassin As an attendee of the UN Human Rights (...)

U.S. interests with the Sudan made the Darfur issue disappears from the radar 2016-09-23 20:21:06 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman U.S. only Cares for Interests U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson, John Kirby, stated on September 20, 2016 that the United States welcomes cooperation (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan: No justice for protester killings 2016-09-23 08:03:30 (Nairobi, September 22, 2016) – Sudanese authorities have yet to provide justice to victims of a violent crackdown on anti-austerity protesters in Khartoum in September 2013, the African Centre (...)

Kiir’s rope -à-dope 2016-09-08 12:57:35 COMMUNIQUE September 6, 2016 By Pa’gan Amum Okiech for South Sudan Reborn The United Nations Security Council, with all of its strength and power, is now being challenged by a diplomatic (...)

Sudanese students, activists are at risk of torture: HRW 2016-05-25 14:40:51 Human Rights Watch Sudan: Students, Activists at Risk of Torture Free Detainees; Investigate Abuses (Nairobi, May 25, 2016) – Sudanese national security officials have detained dozens of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.