Confusion circulates over Andargachew’s extradition

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The rumor, which circulated across the nation over the unconfirmed extradition of Andargachew Tsigie, one of the top leaders of Ginbot 7 – an organization that has been labeled as terrorist by the Ethiopian Parliament –, from Sana’a to Addis Ababa looms as the government refrains from making any official statements.
573C78CAccording to various reports, Andargachew was arrested by Yemeni security forces last week at the El Rahaba International Airport in the capital, Sana’ a while he was in transit in Sana’a traveling from Dubai to Asmara, the Eritrean capital.
The Reporter’s attempt to establish confirmation from the side of the government regarding the reports was unsuccessful until press time.
It was also reported that he was waiting for his flight when Yemeni security men whisked him away into detention.
Fears among various groups are mounting as rumors that he has already been extradited started circulating and that he has been handed over to the government in Addis Ababa.
Similarly, Ginbot 7 has accused the British government of failing to act to prevent the extradition to Ethiopia of an opposition leader facing the death penalty.
The reasons for his arrest remain unclear however, the exiled opposition group argued that Sana’a had no legal grounds to arrest Andargachew, calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
Ginbot 7 is among the largest of Ethiopia’s exiled opposition movements. The party was founded by Berhanu Nega, who was elected mayor of Addis Ababa in 2005. Refusing to accept the result, the then prime minister, Meles Zenawi declared a state of emergency followed by days of protest and clashes in the streets of the capital.
Berhanu Nega was jailed and founded Ginbot 7 after his release. Accused of attempting to overthrow the Ethiopian government, he and Andargachew Tsige were sentenced to death in absentia. Ginbot 7 was declared a terrorist organization by the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) along with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda.
Ana Gomes, a Portuguese member of the European parliament who led the EU observation mission during the 2005 Ethiopian elections, wrote a letter to William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs dated July 3rd, calling on the UK foreign secretary to intervene on Andargachew’s behalf saying, “I urge you now to do the utmost to ensure his release and protection and his return to the United Kingdom as soon as possible.”
Source- The Reporter
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  1. It is understandable that this is an outrageous and extremely emotional incidence for many who know and worked close with him. Whether he is still in Yemen or already extradited to Ethiopia, this man is in a very serious predicament the moment he set his foot in Yemen. Yemen is obviously a failed state. Clan system always rules. It may not take the green light from the symbolic president of that country to ship this man into the hands of his mortal enemies but a simple ‘ala-gumb’ deal with just one clan will do the job. As I said before, I won’t be surprised if this man was already extradited with in 24 hours of his arrival at Sanaa Airport. I hope and pray that his organization was wise enough not to let its members travel around with a laptop with full of material that may put others every where in jeopardy. That will be an insult to injury. In the meantime, I urge all of you concerned countrymen to keep all emotions in check and rather launch diplomatic campaign in all venues to secure at least the safety of this man. Threatening the Yemenis or the regime back home will not help further the accord for the victim. You should know that you are dealing with a regime that has more almost 40 years history of making opponent just disappear. It is a Houdini on steroid and the modern day terrorism specter has aided them to do that with no punitive consequences.
    Now Yemenis should expect free electricity and bales of Khat gushing in for decades to come. Yemenis don’t provide service for free.

  2. Who is the reporter? The one that is in Addis the wayne’s mouthpiece including the undercover Dawit of Auramba times or other. If it is from this one dump it in the carbbage can with the criminal so called leaders. Because they may be trying to create confusion among us(Hode syaweke doro mata newe). God bless Ato Teigie and his family.

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