Selam Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia,
On 28 March 2002, the central judge did not want to read out the verdict on
the day because he claimed that a lady judge had personal matters to attend
and nothing should be heard in her absence. More over, the judge claimed
that the case of Dr Taye was such a matter of great concern which needed
careful study and examination. As the file on the case was too fat too read
in few days, they were unable to go through and complete. Therefore, the
judges could not deliver verdict on the day without thoroughly reading the
whole thing and understanding. Therefore, the judge announced the
postponement of reading od the final verdict to today, 02 May 2002.
Today is 02 May 2002. Probably many of you, particularly friends of Dr Taye,
are expecting that the judge would stick to his words to announced the
verdict. Woyyane judges had never kept their words throughout the ten years
we have been observing them. I am sorry but today is not any different from
the rest of the previous appearances.
Today's court drama was as outrageous as usual. Concerned people from ETA,
relatives and friend of Dr Taye, human right representatives,
representatives of various organisations and foreign diplomatic post
representatives, that included the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and
Spain went early in the morning and started waiting for the judges to
preside. The judges, however, didn't enter the court room until almost
mid-day. In stead of entering the court room, the judges were seen going in
and coming out of their staff room. People waiting both in the court room
and outside were at unease wondering what the judges were waiting for.
Finally they decided to go into the courtroom and Dr Taye, the defendant,
was called in.
Before any one could say anything, the preceding judge said that they had
reached conclusion and ready to read their verdict. However, as they were
waiting for +ACI-something+ACI- they were unable to read their decisions today.
Therefore, to hear the verdict, the defendant was ordered to return to the
court on 10 May 2002.
The people who attended the court to hear Dr Taye's appeal verdict,
particularly the delegates of foreign representatives were furious to
witness what was going on. It can be claimed that Woyyane justice system has
totally collapsed. If they have reached verdict, what are they afraid of to
ETA activists remained behind and tried to dig out what the judges were up
to. Although it sounds bizarre, it was reported to us that actually the
judges were waiting for the regimes TV crew, who were filming similar dramas
somewhere else to write a story that would lease life to the regime in
Well, here we go again. Eight days to go to May 10.
Because of the above two reason (which had nothing to do with each other)
the judge announced that the hearing was adjourned to 02 May 2002
It came as a shock to the international community that the judge
the decision once more yet again, but not to Dr Taye and Ethiopians. We
would be fools to expect a dove from a snake's egg