Today marks 600 days and nights since our co-blogger Zelalem Workagegnhu and his two colleagues Bahiru Degu and Yonatan Wolde were arrested by Ethiopian securities and have still not been served any justice.
They have made over 20 appearances before the Courts.
On March 24 & 25, 2016 we held a successful online campaign for the release of our friends and all prisoners of conscience.
We mark the day with the greatest levels of anger and resolve!
Zelalem Workagenehu, co-blogger of De Birhan Blog, was initially charged in October 2014 with being the local leader of Ginbot 7 opposition Movement, conspiring violent revolution with his friends (such as this writer), writing and sending reports that appeared on Diaspora based websites such as this article he wrote in 2011 using his pen name, receiving money from abroad to recruit members for Ginbot 7, and facilitating asocial media and communication related training course with his friends.
However, the court dropped most of the charges and now he is defending two charges, which are receiving money (10, 000 birr) from abroad to recruit members for the opposition Ginbot 7 and facilitating the social media training.
Yonatan and Bahiru are charged for applying for the digital security course, which is framed as “a course to terrorize Ethiopia” by government prosecutors.
Zelalem Workagegnehu’s next court appearance is next Wednesday March 3, 2016.
You can listen to my interview with mainstream Broadcast outlets regarding the trio’s case from [highlight]Deutsche Welle,
The Voice of America.[/highlight]