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Thursday, October 26, 2006

EC intervens to save Yalemzewd

After an intevention from some high level EC officials including the president, José Manuel Barroso, Yalemzewd Bekele, the human rights lawyer, is released on police bail at 7;25 pm local time today. She was taken to woreda 8 police station and then told that she was released on police bail.
This is a result of citizen action!

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool z: that is what I'm talking about !!!!

Anonymous said...

YES!!!
I couldn't be happier!

Anonymous said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

way to go Ethiopians! it's a matter of time before the little nazi finds himself at the Hague a la Sadaam

Anonymous said...

Amen!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am extremely happy for Yalemzewed. Her release demonstrates that the EU and US have serious leverage to pressure Meles to do what he does not want to do.

Surely Meles will release prisoners of conscience if these powers talk to him from a voice of authority. Let the struggle continue to bring EPRDF to its senses. As Anna Gomes said it is time for the EU to be an honest broker in Ethiopian politics.

Anonymous said...

Thank God she is out here in canda we sent as many messages as possible to european union We thank all those who made the reiese possible

Anonymous said...

Mr. Meles,

Your actions have made thousands of people happy. More importantly you made the Yalemezud and her family extremely happy. There is nothing you can gain by torturing people.

Similarly you need to open the jail door to all political prisoners without preconditions and come to a round table discussion to solve the country’s political, social and economic problems.

Robert

Tazabi said...

I am ecstatic that Alemzewd is free though on police bail, whatever that is. I am just fumed and outraged that now Ethiopians need the protection of the international community from being tortured by their own government and this fascist regime has to be begged and pressured to respect international law, its own constitution and common human decency. I am not sure for how long such state of affairs could continue without taking a turn for the worst.

Good job EZ, God bless you and keep you safe.

Tachew23 said...

Thank God for what has happened!
I am really confused of what is going on: what the EU is doing? what the big EU official in Addis is doing? What the US is doing? No clear picture for me.
It makes every genuine citizine of the country happy that she is released.
But on what basis was she arrested? Was she really participated in the distribution of the calendar(though this is her right) or they simply did it for they wanted to do it? If she has participated how comes that she alone is released? If the EU intervened knowing that she has participated why they did not try to help others like Alemayehu also? Is it necessary to work in the EU not to be detained or to be released after detention once labeled as culprit in the woyane's calculation?
It is really so unfair!!!!!!!!
May God intervene!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good Job!Please EU and Us fight for the liberity of Ethiopia and its people from this brutal government.

Ethiopian Current Affairs Discussion Forum. said...

Great ! Great ! Great ! keep the good Job Ethiopians !

ethioinfo said...

Good job Zagol.It is your dedication to get the info to us on a timely manner that worked. Of course my email to Louis Michel and Clarke was deleted before they read it but they must have received a lot of email.
I mentioned a while ago that we need to identify anybody or anything that has to do with Woyanes.
That is why I created the ethioinfo site at flickr. Now I propose that we locate Woyane official Houses, businesses, place they like to hang out, and places of interes. A place of interest would be the torture chamber like the one in Woreda 8.
I am asking you Zagol to spearhead this effort by giving us description of where it is. Thanks

Tazabi said...

Some one needs to thank Inde Hewan, for mobilizing this effort as well as preparing the form letter that we all faxed and emailed. Good job sister!

Nat Cutler, New York said...

YOU CANNOT IMPRISON FREEDOM

As Nelson Mandela said "you cannot imprison freedom".

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi: As long as you 'gag' your own people and prevent them from a level of free speech that would be considered a basic democratic right in any intelligent nation -- then you will never EVER be a leader based on the people's admiration and love. You, like every other despised dictator -- will remain in power through the temporal forces of fear and coercian. What a truly weak leader it is that can only sit in power by force.

And...make NO MISTAKE, the American government will indeed respond. Only in recent days the push for the sanctions bill - HR 5680 - has received brand new endorsements by several Congressmen - who are watching you and the actions of your government, Mr. Zenawi.

Treat your people right or the sanctions will put a magnifying glass on you. Release the prisoners or face sanctions and, by proxy, world condemnation.

Nat

Nat Cutler, New York said...

YOU CANNOT IMPRISON FREEDOM

As Nelson Mandela said "you cannot imprison freedom".

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi: As long as you 'gag' your own people and prevent them from a level of free speech that would be considered a basic democratic right in any intelligent nation -- then you will never EVER be a leader based on the people's admiration and love. You, like every other despised dictator -- will remain in power through the temporal forces of fear and coercian. What a truly weak leader it is that can only sit in power by force.

And...make NO MISTAKE, the American government will indeed respond. Only in recent days the push for the sanctions bill - HR 5680 - has received brand new endorsements by several Congressmen - who are watching you and the actions of your government, Mr. Zenawi.

Treat your people right or the sanctions will put a magnifying glass on you. Release the prisoners or face sanctions and, by proxy, world condemnation.

Nat

Anonymous said...

Hey,

Alemayehu is also released on police bail yesterday. Thanks Zagol for your struggle and dedication.


Cheers

Anonymous said...

I am happy, beyond I can describe in words.

But, still, the dangeons of Melles have to be emptied before we start celebrating.

Anonymous said...

while i am happy for Yalemzewd i think we should equally fight for those who are languishing in prison in so many oarts of ethiopia who d not have a high profile like her. Also we need to quiz the EU officials what they have promised TPLF to secure Yalemzewd. EZ keep up the good work

Bekeswan said...

I am glad to learn the release of the prominent human rights activist- Yalemzewd Bekele and onceagain happy to learn that Alemayehu Fantu has also been released. I don't know how long our democratically elected leaders will remain behind bars. We should all keep on pressing on the tyranny regime, wherever we may be.

Anonymous said...

EU and the international community, Job well done!!! thank you for getting Yalemzewd released. I am extremely happy now she is enjoying her temporary freedom with her family and friends. But the ultimate freedom prevails when the country democrratizes and there is participatory governance. Meles' regime has to reconcile with the Ethiopian people by negotiating with their elected representatives whom he has jailed. It is only then that EPRDF will be recognised as a stakeholder in Ethiopian governance. Ruling by force will weaken the government both inside and out. Its survival hinges always with the little outside support he gets from thos who see it as "partner against terrorism".
It is only when democracy prevails in Ethiopia that Yalemzewd all citizens live without fear, contributing their best to Ethiopia's development.

I was amazed, when the international community is directly affected (the two EU national that were forced to leave the country by Woyane) they reacted bitterly with Meles, which helped Yalemzewd's release as well. Such pressure should have been applied on the Ethiopian dectators since the election with perspective of bringing democracy in that country.

Anonymous said...

What kind of government is Woyane? A week ago, it's police comission declared on public television and radio that Yalemzewd, is a "criminal and a threat to national security",and was captured and arrested while trying to escape to Kenya at the border in Moyale. It also declared that two EU national were arrested because they "meddled in the Sovernighty of Ethiopia and helped a criminal to escape" and forced them leave the country in 24 hours. Now what is it telling to the people when it released yalemzewd at such speed, was the "crime" she committed so simple as to warrant her such a speedy release.

I am now waiting to hear Meles apologizing to the EU for rakeless and blind action he has taken against the two EU nationals.

Be ware, Meles!!! The arrogant actions you take with out thinking about consequences, will force you suffer such kinds of humilations, both at home and abroad.

Anonymous said...

glad to know the release of yealemzewde.we all love you yealem/////

Anonymous said...

Good thinking Ethioinfo!
I'll post the businesses owned by woyanes. Somebody please come up with their addresses. For their hang outs let's start with the terrorist den the Office Bar @Sheraton Addis.

Sister inde hewan, you rock!

Anonymous said...

GOD be with you Yalemzewd, and with all those that are still unjustly languishing in EPRDF's jails. No matter how long the night is, it's certain that the day will come.

tt

Anonymous said...

I would like all of us to focues on the businesses and all other activities of mimi sebhatu she is close to the wife of the prime minster they are oprating like siclian mafia any one out there to shed lightplease come forward

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, Mimi sibhatu is agood person.Some body should take care of her, really! Is it hard to reward an angel like Mimi is Addis? I hope some one will take care of her.She is a good Ethiopian.

Anonymous said...

Mimi's father used to owe 1.5 million birr from the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. He borrowed such money to develope "peacock menafesha", which he owned during the Haileselasie period. When "Woyane" took power, he argued before the court that since his "menafesha" was nationalized by the government, the debt he owed to the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia to develop it should be assumed by the current owner of the "menafesha" - the Addis Ababa City Adiministration. In unprecented move never seen before or after, the Administration assumed his debt. No one - no business man - in Ethiopia is accorded such favourable treatment from the government, except the father of Mimi. In order to return such favour, "Sibahtu and co." has become the security and propoganda machine of "Woyane". I wonder what will happen to "Mimi and et al" when the balance of power is shifted in favour of the Ethiopian people!!

Former Commercial Bank Employee!!

ethioinfo said...

Former Commercial Bank Employee- God bless you. You are a true Ethiopian. Need more info like this. I have updated the info....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethioinfo/276078829/

Anonymous said...

yalemzewd released!!! due process of law. nothing else. its not the first time police and the courts did that. don't flatter yourselves. you have no idea about the reality of your country. this things happen daily. in ethiopia as in most other countries. evil shows itlsef when it hates somethining for being good or right.

Moshay said...

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:39 pm Post subject: Diplomats under surveillance

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Diplomats under surveillance
Indian Ocean Newsletter N° 1200 28/10/2006

The recent expulsion of two members of the European Commission illustrates the extent to which diplomats in Addis Ababa are under surveillance.

The two members of the European Commission expelled by the Ethiopian authorities for “trafficking” had not been arrested at Moyale, a town on the border with Kenya, as the Ethiopian authorities claim, but 150 km from there, near Agre Mariam, on their way back from Addis Ababa. The Swedish diplomat Bjorn Jonsson and the Italian Enrico Sborgi had gone to the border to accompany Yalemzewd Bekele, a 29 year old human rights activist who worked for the European delegation in Addis Ababa. She believed she was in danger of being arrested because of her links with the opposition. She had initially taken refuge in the premises of the European delegation and later in Jonsson’s house. She was then accompanied to Moyale where she was arrested on 19 November while showing her papers to the Ethiopian immigration service. Fasil Assefa, who was waiting for her at the Koket Borena hotel but had no intention of going to Kenya, was also arrested.

According to some sources, the Ethiopian intelligence agents investigating Yalemzewd had photos of her eating a pizza with Jonsson, her line manager, the day she took refuge in the EC premises in Addis Ababa. They are also said to have photos showing her in the company of other members of the staff of the European delegation during private meetings. This would appear to show that the whole affair had been minutely prepared by the Ethiopian intelligence services. Better still, according to opposition sources, these services have benefited from the complicity of members of the private security company which guards the European delegation compound. This security firm, Sebhatu and Brothers, is owned by the brothers of Mimi Sebhatu, a journalist close to the regime who benefited with her husband Zerihun Teshome, for the attribution of a licence to launch a private radio station. She is also the editor of the newspaper Eftin which is strongly supportive of the Ethiopian regime. Agents from this security company could have informed the official intelligence services of Yalemzewd’s comings and goings and of her departure for Moyale. Her telephone conversations with the expelled diplomats, and with Tim Clark, the head of the European delegation in Addis Ababa, are also believed to have been recorded in the same way.

Sebhatu & Brothers may be employing disguised government agents. It was the government coalition, EPRDF that, according to people close to Mimi Sebhatu and her husband, provided half of the funding to create this security company. This company has more clients than another security company linked to partisans of the regime, belonging to Major Alemseged Gebre Yohannes, a former deputy Police Commissioner.

Anonymous said...

To Former Commercial Bank Employee:

If Mimi's father no longer enjoys the benefit of the loan (the "peacock menafesha") and the city now enjoys the benefit of his loan, why should the city enjoy something for nothing and he be saddled with a debt for which he has nothing to show because the city now owns what he was indebted for? You seem like a very biased person with an axe to grind.

Anonymous said...

We have to continue to unravel the dirty deeds of mimi and the family as the ex bank worker we need similar informatins it will not take to long before we take mimi to a court of low

Les Neuhaus, AP said...

This is Les Neuhaus with the Associated Press in Ethiopia ... Could "seminawork" send me an email so that we may communicate - I would be appreciative. My email is leslieneuhaus1@yahoo.com ...

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Les above .

Don't you have AP e mail addres?
What happen to your SA/Ap Server.


EZ- Becareful!

Anonymous said...

Ethio-Zagol,
I faintly remember what you wrote around May or June. Had to go through the archives...what a task!!

Anyway, you wrote about the creation of KIL around June 14. In that post you had stated that 6-names were suggested by the leaders in Kaliti.

Now, the KIL leaders have gotten a letter from Hailu Shawel stating that they had not specifically named ANYBODY to this KIL.

Why is there such a discrepancy?

Anonymous said...

the indian ocean news letter mentioned abot mimi and her husband getting the licence to oprate private radio station what i want to add on is the fact that mimi and her husband are already using the government media for free they are enjoying free air time on fm 97.1 and the ethiopia radiowhat they are doing is playing the propaganda game I would like mr bereket simon to look at this issue i am saying this because of the fact that he played important role in the establishement and running of fm 97.1 Contrary to the wider public perception bereket was humble concedrate and frindly with workers T%^his was the good old days of ethiopian media As it is well knwn berket tolarated the parlamentry decision tputting the media under the control of independent board This was latter cancelled by hard liners

Anonymous said...

ethio info have you seen Mekonnen Dissassa pic ??
http://www.addisvoice.com/

by the way good call for taking Elias out.

the person who was arguing with you.

www.flickr.com/photos/ethioinfo said...

anonymous: I have updated dissassa's pic. I will need assistance with
1. getting pics and names of persons who need to be on the site
2. some info on the people I am posting on my site. I don't always have the updated info or background of the person who is on the website. If you and anyone who is interested could help me get some kind of bio, that would be greatly appreciated. I have a blog that I have not updated yet but the purpose of the blog is to write a little summary of each person I have on the flickr page and people who are not camera friendly yet. Sorry for my rambling but you get my drift, it is getting late here. Problem is finding a good forum to exchange ideas. For now let's use my blog and I will get a site going soon.
http://ethio-info.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

What happen to EZ

I'm afraid something might happen to him

Please say something

I'm worried

God protect you.. whoever yu are

Anonymous said...

It has been a week since EZ has written. I am rather worried. If anyone knows whether he or she is ok, please post.

Anonymous said...

anon,

thanks for your concern...
everything is ok!!!!!!!!!

Les Neuhaus said...

Les here again ... No AP email address in Ethiopia (that I use) because I cannot access the AP system from here, so I use my yahoo and hotmail accounts (plus it's easier for me to communicate with my bureau in NBO) ... Anyway, if you're trying to sort out if this is really Les Neuhaus, American AP reporter in Ethiopia, it is, man ...

Anonymous said...

I think I have rarely seen a poorer job at impersonating someone than the above commenter trying to pretend to be Les Neuhaus. "it is, man". Lengthy excuse why he doesn't have an official email. EZ, this one is a rather obvious case of being faux, but please be on the guard for more sophisticated imposters.

Les Neuhaus said...

Again, this is Les Neuhaus ... I would like to respond to the total fucking idiot who keeps thinking that some "imposter" is posting these comments on this web site. I do say "man" a lot - a fucking lot, in fact. Want to know if it's really me you total fucking wanna-be revolutionary - here goes: I am 35 years old; My full name is Leslie Eugene Neuhaus III; I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but raised in Knoxille, Tennessee; I lived in Nairobi, Kenya for two years prior to be posted in Ethiopia with the Associated Press eight months ago; I have two cats in Nairobi named Vivi and Coney; I have a B.A. in political science and served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a security specialist from '91 to '95 and I joined during the first Gulf War. Now, fuck off because I don't want any information from Ethio-Zagol or the total fucking idiot followers of this web site. I tried nicely before to establish contact here before, but apparently that's too much to do for the cloak-and-dagger fuckheads using this site, man.