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David Cameron reassures the call for the immediate release of Andargachew Tsige

By Zerihun Shumete | Germany

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Prime minister David Cameron has reassured the close interest of his government on the illegal abduction and death penalty of Andargachew Tsege, former chairperson of Ginbot 7 movement for unity and democracy, on the parliamentary debate held on July 6, 2016. Andargachew Tsege had been forcibly detained at Yemen’s Sanna International Airport on June 23, 2014, while he was travelling from Dubai to Eritrea. His British Passport had been snatched and he was handed to the Ethiopian government. He is still in prison without any legal representative and hearings in court. Andargachew had been trailed and convicted three times ( in 2005. 2009 and 2012)in absentia for opposing the Ethiopian current ruling regime. The government labelled him and his organization, Patriotic Ginbot 7, terrorist in 2011. But no other state in the world brand this organization as a terrorist. The immediate release of Andargachew Tsige has been forwarded by different concerned international bodies including the U.N. Human Rights Council and the European Parliament. The honourable Chris Dow stood and raised the issue of Andargachew Tsige to the member of the parliament and to prime minster David Cameron on July 6, 2014. He stressed on the fact that Andi is on death row and under a severe condition. Here is his call for the release of Andargachew ( Andi):

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“Thank you, Mr Speaker, I recently met with Yemi, whose husband Andi Tsege, a British citizen, has been on Ethiopia’s death row for over two years. Andy was kidnapped while travelling and illegally rendered to Ethiopia. He was sentenced to death 6 years ago, a trial that he was neither present at nor able to present any defence whatsoever to direct contravention of international law. Given his denied access to his wife and to his children, spent years in solitary confinement and has had no access to legal representation. Recent report suggests he is suicidal. Prime minister in your final weeks of office, will you finally demand the immediate release of Andargachew Tsege and bring him home and to be reunited with his wife and children?”
Prime minister David Cameron response’s to the question

“What I can reassure the honourable gentleman is that we are taking a very close interest in this case. The foreign secretary was in Ethiopia recently. Our consul has been able to meet with Mr. Tsege on a number of occasions and we are working with him and with the Ethiopian government to try to get this resolved.”

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