UK Foreign Office: Andargachew could face death penalty in Ethiopia

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Andargachew Tsige, a British national, may face death penalty after extradition from Yemen
Martin Plaut
theguardian.com, 

Andargachew Tsige, a British national, may face death penalty after extradition from Yemen

The Foreign Office has been accused of failing to act to prevent theextradition to Ethiopia of an opposition leader facing the death penalty.
Andargachew Tsige, a British national, is secretary general of an exiled Ethiopian opposition movement, Ginbot 7. He was arrested at Sana’a airport on 23 June by the Yemeni security services while in transit between the United Arab Emirates and Eritrea.
“The British knew he was being held in Yemen for almost a week but they did nothing,” said Ephrem Madebo, a spokesman for Ginbot 7. “We are extremely worried about Mr Andargachew, because the Ethiopians kill at will.”
The Foreign Office, which called in the Yemeni ambassador earlier this week, said it was urgently seeking confirmation that Andargachew was in Ethiopia.
“If confirmed this would be deeply concerning given our consistent requests for information from the Yemeni authorities, the lack of any notification of his detention in contravention of the Vienna convention and our concerns about the death penalty that Mr Tsige could face in Ethiopia,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
It added: “The UK opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle … We continue to call on all countries around the world that retain the death penalty to cease its use.”
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 prime minister, Meles Zenawi, declared a state of emergency, which was followed by days of protest and clashes on the streets of the capital.
Berhanu Nega was jailed, and founded Ginbot 7 on 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 organisation. The party says it stands for the peaceful end to what it describes as the Ethiopian dictatorship.
Addis Ababa: Tsige was accused of attempting to overthrow the Ethiopian government and sentenced to death in absentia. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press
Addis Ababa: Tsige was accused of attempting to overthrow the Ethiopian government and sentenced to death in absentia. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press

Andargachew was travelling to Eritrea, which has clashed with Ethiopia since a border war between the two countries ended in June 2000.
The Eritrean authorities host a number of exiled Ethiopian movements, including some attempting to overthrow the Ethiopian government.
Ana Gomes, a Portuguese member of the European parliament who led the EU observer mission to the 2005 Ethiopian elections, has written to William Hague, 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.”
 

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  1. The UK did not do anything for a week. Guess what, had he been a white person the whole world would of shed tears. The uproar would be on every media. Who cares for blacks? NO one! Check around the globe the darker the skin color the harder life is. Woyane(TPLF) does not care who carries another country’s passport. All they care is to kill, and imprison anyone who questions their authority. Forget the UK foreign office’s communication. They are playing a game. They are the ones who trained and armed the TPLF!

  2. “The British knew he was being held in Yemen for almost a week but they did nothing,” said Ephrem Madebo, a spokesman for Ginbot 7. “We are extremely worried about Mr Andargachew, because the Ethiopians kill at will.”
    Fair statement but why you did nothing for 11 days to inform Ethiopians before Andargachew was sent to Ethiopia. Don’t you think if Ethiopians were informed on time they would pressure the British government to do something? We expect answers from you guys what you did, whom you talked to and the time line for all your efforts to get Andargachew released. Not even a small mind, let alone leaders, would miss that EPRDF will ask quick to get Andargachew, yet you guys were sleeping for a week- uncharcterstic for a gorilla fighter organization. We demnd your answers through ESAT. Shameful G7!!!

  3. TPLF will pay hay price for thatv we will see soon start attack from all side wait TplF >EPRDF we have our owen attacker come to ALL TPLF organaition and transport private owener shop soon start our people pls this is the time .
    Blood att the strit TPLF this is the last time tomorrow you will be kidnap you my people let ass attik this banda TPLF /EPRDF ,they shold pay price attack from small to big skill alll…… our united Ethiopian people this kriminal our mother child TPLF this is the last time by by GOd Bless our staggle

  4. TPLF will pay haigh price for that we will see soon start attack from all side. wait TplF >EPRDF we have our owen attacker come to ALL TPLF organaition and transport private owener shop soon start our people pls this is the time .
    Blood on the streat TPLFs sapporter this is the last time tomorrow you will be kidnap you my people. let ass attack this banda TPLF /EPRDF ,they should pay haigh price like Hailemariam Desalen all TPLF attack from small to big skill alll side …… our united Ethiopian people this kriminal our mother child TPLF this is the last time by by you can go soon to jail GOd Bless our staggle all Ethiopian Lover
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  5. Our hero You did yours after you we should take over this staggle God Bless you and your lovelly family they should broud of you you are hero .
    Thank you Ando Ando we follow you Mot to tplf death to all tplf
    Negaw Zegeye Kemelake

  6. Why have to hide from the people until they send him to the weyane is that your Diplomacy
    How about while you do your Diplomacy and we the people hold at least Two Embassy one in DC and one in London just to show for the Yemen Dictator that there is Millions behind Andargachew that may make him think twice any ways they send him before we do nothing God help Andargachew Tige and God bless our smart politicians God Bless Ethiopia This is one of the worst time on my life

  7. I just read this comment and it raises important questions about the series of blunders being done by irresponsible G7 leadership who obviously seems played a part in his handover
    why G7 had to wait for a week before they made his arrest public?????? this is the question G7 leaders had to address, The earlier his arrest became public it would have helped his case yet G7 STUPID LEADERS decided to risk his life as they did to other Ethiopians in the past
    G7 is a disastrous party and they are known for their stupid propaganda of telling and declaring something before they do it and that is exactly they did when they declared they HAVE PEOPLE IN THE ETHIOPIAN MILITARY plotting to OVER THROW WOYANE and that led to an immediate arrest of General Asamnew, and other Generals who can help the opposition and the country in the future and as if that is not enough they again declared they are working to assassinate WOYANE OFFICALS and that also led to the arrest and torture of other mid level military officials.
    recently they talked favourably about GENRAL ABEBAW and that also led to the dismissal of GENERAL ABBEBAW from his post and he could be again a good help for them and for the country incase if WOYANE falls
    Now They made ANDARGACCHEW arrest secret for more than a week and their stupid decision wether it is intentional or not led to The Hand Over of ANDARGEACHEW to WOYANE
    WE SHOULD TELL G7 TO STOP PLAYING ON THE LIVES OF ETHIOPIANS and hurting the anti woyane struggle

  8. We have to must know the color role in this world. any black people who has citizens of UK does not have guarantee and not insured. because this is UK and Black people.

  9. Our hero you had done your part. I knew you. Your wish was to die to your country Ethiopia. I know you very well you never hesitate to die for your mother land . You long journey for freedom, democracy and justice is not yet finished, how ever, the seeds of freedom, democracy and justice that your are planted in our mind and heart are still remain in processes to be a big tree.
    I will never forgot you and all truth Ethiopians will not never forgot you. I hope my mighty God will bring you back to struggle. Because your mother land needs you.
    And you will be release soon not on willingness of TPLF but on willingness of our mighty GOD.

  10. This is one of the rare times I felt heart broken and dismayed which many Ethiopians feel right now for sure. The enemies of the Ethiopian people also know that this is what trigers the real fight against them in any means possible, everywhere & against everybody who is thoght to be their people . It is sad that the worst time is ahead for this poor country.

  11. The only way is to identify the right hands of weyane and kill them where ever they are. Otherwise neither peaceful nor armed struggle is good enough to break weyane.

    • I agree with you we have to create some secrete special group to do the Job may need very few people

  12. What disappointing news!!! left me with so many ??????
    Why genbot 7 silent until andargachew handed over for this nazzi…..why ?????
    My other concern is they have to stop publishing their plan,secrets
    Even working with ertrea shouldnt be known ,it could be prevented
    Please dont put the live of ethiopian willing to work with you.
    Also check some members can work with you and woyane the
    Same time. They will pay millions $ to stay in the power.

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