Ethiopian Government Releases Coup Suspects on Bail

 

October 14, 2019 (Ezega.com) — Three suspects of the recent coup attempt which left high-level government officials dead, including the Ethiopian army chief of staff General Seare Mekonnen and President of the Amhara regional state Ambachew Mekonnen have been released on bail.

In its ruling on Monday, October 14, 2019, the Amhara state’s Supreme Court decided to release Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, Colonel Alebel Amare and Colonel Bamlaku Abay, each with 10,000 Ethiopian Birr bail.

The court’s decision comes after supporters of the suspects staged a rally and entered into a conflict with the police last Thursday last week, calling for the release of “prisoners of conscience.”

The suspects were accused of failing to discharge their responsibilities to abort the so called “failed coup.” Prosecutor of the court Eyob Getachew was quoted as saying that the suspects’ case was not serious to the extent of denying them their bail right.

It is recalled that the government in Addis Ababa arrested hundreds of people in different parts of the country in a crackdown targeting suspected supporters of what it called a failed coup attempt in June this year.

The office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had disclosed hundreds of suspects had been apprehended in connection with the June 22 ‘coup attempt’ in Amhara region, with 43 others held in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Hundreds of National Movement of Amhara (NAMA) members were arrested in Addis Ababa, while dozens of other members and supporters were arrested in other parts of the country.

The government had referred to the attack in Bahir Dar as a coup attempt orchestrated by former head of the Amhara state security, Brigadier General Asamnew Tsige. Asamnew Tsige was killed by Ethiopian security forces afterwards on June 23, 2019.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had urged Ethiopians to unite against “evil” forces set on dividing the country. In a latest presser, the premier said more suspects will be released.

Many people are questioning Abiy Ahmed government’s ability to maintain law and order by apprehending the real criminals which were accountable for the death of more than 1000 people.

The office of the Attorney General of Ethiopia late last month announced that more than 2000 people who were allegedly involved in instigating violence in different parts of the country are still at large.

The suspects were accused of creating violence that claimed the lives of over 1000 people and wounding 1363 others in different parts of the country.