July 11 2007
Seeye Abraha Out from Jail
Seeye Abraha, former strongman of the TPLF, made his way out of jail on Wednesday, June 11, after spending six years there, accused of involvement in grand corruption. He was released a day after the Federal Supreme Court sentenced him for five years imprisonment and 500 Br fine.
"I am pleased to join my family and see them happy," Seeye told Fortune on Wednesday late afternoon, in a telephone interview he gave from his home. "I've seen and learn a lot about the supremacy of the law and judicial independence in this country," Seeye told Fortune. "Better than any time before, I've come to learn that these are important milestones for a country whether you are in business or politics."
'Lucy's' Houston visit turns political
Don't count on too many local Ethiopians getting in line to see Lucy, the superstar fossil from Ethiopia, when she makes her international public debut in Houston in late August. "The sad commentary is a museum of this significance does not have a bit of the wherewithal to learn about this regime and to do business with it,"said Moges Meshesha, 46, a member of the group who came to the U.S. more than two decades ago under political asylum from Ethiopia.
Ethiopia yields ancestral fossils
Researchers have found fossil remains of early human ancestors in Ethiopia that date to a little known period in human evolution. Dr Yohannes Haile-Selassie, one of the team's leaders, told the BBC: "One of the reasons why this discovery is really important is because it serves as a time frame that we know nothing about in the past and that's what makes it really significant."
July 10 2007
News coming from Ethiopia indicates that Ayte Siye Abraha is out of jail freed by the courts at last. Congratulations to every one who stood for justice!
Mr. Siye Abraha who served in different levels of the EPRDF government including a Defense minister is veteran TPLF (Tigrai Peoples Libration Front) fighter. After the split of The TPLF about nine years ago because of the Eritrean war, the looser group of the TPLF which included Siye Abraha was removed from the government. After a few months Siye Abraha and his brothers and sister, Betewling Belai (another veteran TPLF fighter and a senior EPRDF member) were thrown to jail. They were charged with corruption.
The case of Siye Abraha was adjourned over 23 times because the judges did not show up. Most people including my self believe the corruption case against Siye was very week if not made up. Many of us believe it was a power struggle gone wrong and got out of hand. The corruption charges were a cover up to lock up Siye in fear that he might stir trouble against the Algiers agreement with Eritrea. Finally after so many years in prison, it seems like the hero of the armed struggle Siye Abraha might be free.
As soon as more detail is available we will keep you informed.
Tigrai Online view July 10 2007