Medihane Ekubamichael, Addis Commonplace’s product editor who’s at the moment in police custody
By Mahlet Fasil @MahletFasil
Addis Abeba, November 23/2020 – Judges on the Federal First Immediate Courtroom have right now granted the federal police eight extra day to remand and examine ten detainees, 4 of them journalists together with Medihane Ekubamichael, product editor at Addis commonplace.
The arrest of journalists shouldn’t be unusual in Ethiopia however this spherical of arrests embody journalists from state owned media the Ethiopian Press Company (EPA) who’re in the identical file as Medihane. They’re journalists Haphtom G/Egizabeher and Tsegaye Hagos are each Editors on the state owned Ethiopian Herald Newspaper printed by EPAl; and Abreha Hagos Reporter at Al-Alem , the Arabic model of EPA.
Though all of the ten have been detained at totally different occasions, and by no means met one another earlier than, the federal police have right now put all of the ten on one file and offered them this morning on the Federal First Immediate Courtroom.
Throughout the listening to, the detainees requested for his or her circumstances to be offered individually and needed to know why people who haven’t even met earlier than are being included in the identical file. Additionally they requested for his or her rights for bail.
On their half representatives of the federal police stated they have been but to finalize their investigations into the ten detainees who’re of their custody and requested the courtroom for added 14 days to analyze.
Protection lawyer Wubshet Kassew, who represented Medihane, informed the courtroom that it was not clear as to what his consumer was suspected of. He additionally identified that as a journalist, his freedom of expression was being constricted and sked why Medhanie was rearrested only a day after he was launched on mere warrant of a nationwide ID card.
Responding to the choose’s request on the police’s progress of the investigation within the final 14 days and the progress left, representatives of the federal police stated they’ve taken phrases from the detainees, dispatched letters to banks and to the Data Community Safety Company (INSA). Gathering evidences from digital gadgets, taking fingerprints of suspects and catching their potential co=conspirators have been left and requested for the extra 14 days to remand them and full the investigations.
Nonetheless, the detainees have all objected the 14 days on grounds that they’ve dedicated no crimes. Additionally they objected the police’s strategy of placing all of the ten in a single file at the same time as they have no idea each other.
One other journalist, @Addisstandard’s Medihane Ekubamichael, has been detained since November 10 on allegations of “attempts to dismantle the constitution through violence.”@pressfreedom continues the decision for his launch. https://t.co/Ags8tV035f— CPJ Africa (@CPJAfrica) November 17, 2020
After listening to either side the courtroom allowed further eight days for the police. The courtroom additionally ordered the police to current the circumstances of every defendant individually by clarifying the fees every of them have been suspected of and adjourned the following listening to till December 1, 2020.
The commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Fee, Daniel Bekele, has beforehand expressed considerations over the arrests of the journalists and referred to as for due and honest course of.
#Ethiopian– Replace: @AwloMedia reported that its journalist Bekalu was launched from detention after a federal courtroom upheld its choice to grant him bail for 10, 000 birr. Regardless of police's enchantment towards the bail, the courtroom ordered his launch and he’s out of the police custody pic.twitter.com/2kunDRhD3L— Addis Commonplace (@addisstandard) November 20, 2020
A complete of six journalists, 5 of whom are Tigrayans, have been arrested as of November 04 following the federal authorities’s launching of the continued navy operation in Tigray regional state, just one, Bekalu Alamirew of Awlo Media, is launched on bail. AS
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