Selam to all Ethiopians, friends of Dr Taye and friends of Ethiopia.
This morning, at about 10 o'clock, British local time, The British Foreign
Office received a call from their representative, who attended the final
court hearings of Dr Taye's appeal, and informed them that our hero was
released. The British Foreign Office immediately called NUT and passed the
good news. The NUT called Ato Gemoraw Kassa and congratulated him.
Immediately, Ms Sheena Hanley, Deputy General Secretary of Education
International from Brussels, Mr Andre Dumont from the Netherlands and Steve
Sinnot respectivelly called Ato Gemoraw and congratulated . Ato Gemoraw put
me in the picture and made share the joy.
As Ato Gemoraw was calling Addis to confirm, Ato Abate Angore called from
Addis Addis Ababa and confirmed the news for real. I sat down, to write and
distribute, for the first time good news for change. I wrote the wote it
distributed to all networks at about 11 o'clock London time. For reasons I
do not know, none of it came out. It evaporated on the cyber space, let us
say. I am very, very, very sorry about that. You never know, it may reappear
after 24 hours, just just ingore it:-). It was not meant to, shall we say?
The details are as follows for those interested.
At 10 o'clock Addis time, Dr Taye was called in. When he went in, the court
was full of his relatives, ETA members (Executives and tearchers) and the
international representatives, as usual.
The Central judge started his deliberation.
It is to be recalled that the High Court, which was preceded by the partisan
TPLF Hagos Woldu, after dropping most of the accusations, charged Dr Taye
and sentenced him to 15 years. The central judge of the court of appeal
found the article accepted by Judge Hagos Woldu used to jail Dr Taye
Woldesemiate was totally inappropriate. Judge Hagos should have never used
that article as presented by the Prosecutor. That article carried a
punishment of minimum 10 years jail term to amaximum death sentence, . Had
Dr Taye was found guilty as charged the appropriate article would have
punishment him and other codefendants by a minimum 1 month to a maximum of 5
years jail term.
The judge reading the deliberation looked at Dr Taye and the others and
+ACI-We are very sorry that Dr Taye Woldesemaite and Ato Gebretsadik Tsadik had
to serve 1 more extra year, even had the 5 year the maximum sentence was
passed upon them under the appropriate article. Therefore, this appeal court
apologises to the defendants for miscarriage of justice and grants them
freedom. Once the appropriate documentations are done, the defendant are
free to go home.+ACI-
As the rest for the rest pf codefendants who were sentenced from four to
five years, all of them were found not guilty and the court let them walk
It was at this moment Weizero Shewaye Gebeyehu, the widow of Assefa Maru
expressed her joy of seeing Dr Taye being freed and shouted +ACI-MY HUSBAND IS
ALIVE. SEEING DR TAYE COMING OUT I FEEL AS IF MY HUSBAND, ASSEFA IS
Then her tears flooded through her cheeks uncontrollably, which made every
one in that court cry with her. She was saying, Assefa would have served 5
years and walked out free like Dr Taye, hadn't they took away his life. ....
(I am sorry I am crying myself as I write this).
Dr Taye is still in jail for now. Without prejudice, it was said that the
papers were so bulky and he had to stay in jail until they copy every
documentation and fill in proper forms. He is expected to go home by Monday.
ETA was supposed to hold a rally tomorrow in remembrance of the fallen hero,
Assefa Maru. Due to change of circumstances, this has now been postponed by
one more week.
ETA has just issued a notice to every one across the globe. They officially
asked their General Secretary to thank all of you who have made the dream of
seeing Dr Taye come out alive. At the same time, they would like to let you
know that, after coming out of jail and recoving a bit, Dr Taye is going to
give a press conference one week later. Stay tuned..
Those of you who would like to congratulate Dr Taye's family and ETA, please
do so by calling 00 251 1 52 46 65.
I am going to use this occasion to thank the +ACI-Free Taye Group+ACI- lead by
Marilyn Boyd (oh boy, I met such wonderful people though this campaign) and
her International Team, Carlos Escapa, Jean Oliver, and others whose name I
have been withholding upon request, ENC, Tegbar and all political and civil
organisations, individual Ethiopians in the US, in the UK, Norway, Germany,
Holland, Sweden, New Zealand (Ayu) everywhere, International Organisations
lead by Education International, NUT, TUC, Amnesty International, AAAS and
many others who had made Dr Taye's freedom reality.
Personally, he may not like it, but I would say it any way, my dearest
friend, Gemoraw Kassa (I am dropping the +ACI-Ato+ACI- for now) is the engine
kept on rotating the motor. He deserves our appreciation and
congratulationsl. I am the luckiest man to get that rare opportunity of
working by his side, given my short temparament. Congratulations brother+ACE-