Pre-trial Proceedings of Post-Hachalu Detentions: Legal Analysis of Selected Cases

By Mikiyas Bekele[1] Click Here to download PDF Version.  I. Background 1. Following the assassination of a prominent Ethiopian Singer, Hachalu Hundessa, on June 29, 2020, there was unrest and, communal and religious violence in parts of the Oromia Region and the capital Addis Ababa. Following this tragic incident, arrests including prominent politicians and journalists […]

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High Court adjourned Gurmessa Ayano et al defense witnesses hearing to Ethiopian Year – (August 18/2017 hearing)

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other high government officials summoned as defense witnesses to next hearing Federal high court Lideta branch 4th criminal bench has heard three defense witnesses of Gurmessa Ayano et al. of which one witness is for first defendant Gurmessa Ayano and the other two for fourth defendant Bekele Gerba. The first […]

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Court continued hearing of Gurmessa Ayano et al. defense witnesses for the fourth day – (August 17/2017 hearing)

According to the lawyers, five defense witnesses appeared for August 17th hearing. Four of them testify in favor of second defendant Dejene Tafa and one for third defendant Addisu Bulala. Addisu Bulala’s defense witness was his housemaid who observed the house search by the police when he was arrested. Her name is Feleku Haile. She […]

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Court heard remaining defense witnesses of Gurmessa Ayano et al – August 16/2017 hearing

Federal high court Lideta branch 4th criminal bench has heard remaining defense witnesses of Gurmessa Ayano et al who are defending terrorism charge. The court started today’s session by hearing Qilinto Prison Administration Head Assefa Kidane’s response on why he banned lunch for defendants that were brought by their families during yesterday’s hearing. “We bring […]

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OFC leader Dr. Merera Gudina’s hearing adjourned to next Ethiopian year (August 01/2017 hearing)

Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) Chairperson Merera Gudina (Ph.D.), who is charged with multiple criminal offenses, is now adjourned to the next Ethiopian year, October 16/2017. The Federal High Court Lideta Branch 19th Criminal Bench was adjourned to August 01/2017  to receive the constitutional interpretation from the House of Federation; on whether the list of prosecutor […]

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