By Mahlet Fasil @MahletFasil
Addis Abeba, September 01/2020 – Federal prosecutors have immediately formally charged Dejene Tafa, vice chairman of the opposition celebration Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and one different co-defendant with crimes towards the constitutional order, endangering public security and inciting violence, amongst others.
Because the main crackdown by the federal government launched towards a number of opposition celebration leaders and members almost two months in the past following the assassination of Oromo artist Hachalu Hundesa, Dejene has turn into the primary senior opposition determine to be indicted with formal prison prices. If convicted, the three articles Dejene is charged with carry life in jail as much as dying sentence.
Dejene Fikadu, one of many three attorneys representing Dejene and Mesteward Temam, the second co-defendant in Dejene’s case file, informed Addis Customary that the 2 had been charged with Articles 32, 35 and 238/2 of the Legal Code.
Of the three Legal Code articles, Article 238/2 below “Outrages against the Constitution or the Constitutional Order” reads “Where the crime has entailed serious crises against public security or life, the punishment shall be life imprisonment or death.”
Prosecutors accused Dejene and Mesteward of “pushing for the establishment of a transitional government using coercive measures including dismantling the constitution once the legislative term limit came to an end in June this year.” Additionally they accused them of utilizing the assassination of Hachalu as a canopy “to advocate for the Oromo people to rise up and ensure their ownership of the country; dismantle statues of Menelik II and others in the country; and advocating for the Qeerroo (a popular Afaan Oromo term for unmarried men) to destroy properties belonging natives of other nations and getting rid of the political order in the 4 kilo palace.”
As well as, the cost individually accuses Dejene of “taking orders via phone” from Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of OFC who can also be in detention on a pre-trial listening to, to arrange the Oromo youth to forestall the physique of Hachalu from touring to his native metropolis Ambo and forcibly returning to Addis Abeba after the it reached in Burayu city in Oromia Particular Zone Surrounding Finffine. Prosecutors additionally accused Dejene of coordinating a violence by calling his allies in Bale Zone Dembel Wereda within the evening Hachalu was assassinated. His actions have resulted within the dying of two folks in Bale zone and 6 folks in Addis Abeba, prosecutors alleged.
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On August 24, Dejene was granted a 10, 000 birr bail by judges on the Federal First Occasion Courtroom Arada Department nevertheless, the police have appealed towards the choice on the Federal excessive Courtroom and got till August 26 to current their circumstances towards Dejene and three others with him. Nevertheless, the police did not file the costs on August 26 and the judges granted them an ultimatum of 5 extra days to file the costs and cautioned the police that failing to take action on the given time-frame will lead judges to uphold the choice by the Federal First Occasion Courtroom Arada Department to launch Dejene on bail. The listening to was adjourned till Monday August 31.
On the listening to on August 31, the police as soon as once more did not file the costs however stated their investigations had been accomplished and the information had been transferred to the Federal Legal professional Common’s workplace for prices to be filed on September 01. Subsequently, the judges withheld Dejene’s launch, resulting in immediately’s prison indictment by the federal prosecutors from the AG’s workplace.
The judges have overruled protection workforce’s request to launch each Dejene and Masteward on bail throughout immediately’s listening to, and adjourned the subsequent listening to till September 03 to get the response towards the costs from the protection workforce.
Dejene was one of many 4 defendants of OFC management, the opposite three being Gurmesa Ayano, Addisu Bulala and Bekele Gerba, who was sentenced to jail on terrorism prices and was launched in in February 2016, two months earlier than Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed assumed workplace. AS
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