From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun May 03 2009 - 16:28:58 EDT
General Asaminew Tsige is arrested in Ethiopia
May 3rd, 2009 | Categories: Ethiopia
The rounding up of active and retired military officers by Meles
Zenawi's regime in Ethiopia is continuing in connection with the alleged
coup and assassination plots.
It is reported today that the latest arrests include General Asaminew
Tsige (Ret.) of the Ethiopian Air Force; Col. Demisew (?), head of the
Amhara Region Security Bureau, Col. Fantahun Muhabe, Shambel Azeze (?),
Shaleqa Adamu Getinet, and Shaleqa Sisay (?).
Among civilians who are arrested include Engineer Mengistu Abebe,
Engineer Asmare Wale, and Health Officer Yeshiwas Mengesha.
The Woyanne regime is unwilling to release the names of all the
prisoners who are being held as suspects in the alleged assassination
plot by Ginbot 7 against high level government officials.
Initially, the allegation was a plot to overthrow the regime. A few days
later, the Woyanne regime's propaganda chief, Berket Simon, changed the
story to 'assassination plot.'
Ato Tsige Habtemariam, the 80-year old father of Ginbot 7 secretary
general Andargachew Tsige, is still being held in the notorious
Maekelawi as a suspect.
So far no family member is allowed to visit the prisoners and their
condition is unknown. Some family members are contacting the Red Cross
and international human rights organizations to find out the prisoners'
health status and whether they are being tortured. [MORE]
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