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[A year ago] Ethiopia arrested Oromo leader Merera Gudina, still behind bars

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Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban

 

On Thursday December 1, 2016; authorities in Ethiopia arrested a leading opposition figure Merera Gudina. A year on, he remains in jail facing multiple criminal charges downgraded from an earlier charge of terrorism.

Gudina was arrested at his home as he returned from a trip to Europe, during which time he addressed the European Parliament on political events back home. He is an ardent critic of the government crackdown on protesters in Amhara and Oromia regions/

READ MORE: Oromo leader Merera Gudina: Biggest victim of Ethiopia state of emergency?

At the time, he was said to have violated the country’s state of emergency by having contact with persons the government had branded ‘terrorists’ or ‘anti-peace’ elements. The state of emergency of October 2016 was to quell spreading anti-government protests mainly in Oromo and Amhara regions.

Since his detention, the European parliament president, a group of United States senators, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), the E.U. Foreign affairs chief and others have all called of his release and for the government to address political discontent in the East African country.

The last that was heard of Gudina’s case, he had unsuccessfully applied for bail but had asked to be granted visitation by his family and friends. He is leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC).

Ethiopia’s Oromo leader requests prison visitation as trial date is set | Africanews http://fb.me/3s7GzpabW 

Ethiopia’s Oromo leader requests prison visitation as trial date is set

Gudina, leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) has been in custody for close to a year pending the commencement of his trial on multiple …

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1 Comment

  1. Tyrannical TPLF/EPRDF has been jailing and killing Ethiopia’s brightest and best. The jailing/killing or our best people has been going on since Haile Selassie’s time but it has gotten worse by over 1000%, even when compared to the brutal/criminal Derg Regime, under the terrorist TPLF/EPRDF. This vicious cycle must end very soon. We Ethiopians need our brightest and best to help us create a country that is full of opportunity, advancement, freedom, innovation, invention, rule of law, where everybody has a skin in the game of life, meritocracy rules and where prosperity is a certainty for those who work hard and are honest.
    Mr. Gudina’s crimes like many others like him is SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, BEING BRAVE, BEING A WARRIOR and BEING A FIGHTER FOR JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. He must be released from jail ASAP. OR ELSE.

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