Ginbot 7 leader shown on TVPublished Posted on | By TZTA News
Andargachew Tsege on ETV: "I'm at peace with myself"
(BBC) Opposition leader Andargachew Tsege has appeared on Ethiopian state television, following his disappearance from Yemen last month.His UK-based wife Yemi Hailemariam told the BBC she was shocked to see him on television. Yemen arrested Andargachew while he was in transit at Sanaa airport, and secretly handed him to Ethiopia. In 2009, Andargachew was sentenced to death in absentia for planning to assassinate government officials. Andargachew, a UK national and secretary-general of Ethiopia’s banned Ginbot 7 movement, denied the charge. Amnesty International last week warned he was at risk of being tortured while in Ethiopian custody.Ms Yemi said it was difficult to see footage of her husband. “I switched it off quickly. I couldn’t watch it,” she said. Ms Yemi said the UK should demand the immediate release of her husband. “If they want to try him, they must go through the proper channels,” she told the BBC. Ginbot 7 says Andargachew had been on his way from the United Arab Emirates to Eritrea when he was detained at Sanaa airport on 24 June. Ginbot 7 (15 May) was named after the date of the 2005 elections, which were marred by protests over alleged fraud that led to the deaths of about 200 people.