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News: Fed. Court decides to resume witness hearing without absentee defendants in Jawar Mohamed’s file

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By Mahlet Fasil @MaheltFasil

Addis Abeba, July 28, 2021- Following the refusal of the 4 defendants in Jawar Mohammed’s file; Jawar Mohammed, Bekele Gerba, Hamza Adane and Dejene Tafa to seem in courtroom for the third time, the Federal Excessive Court docket Lideta Department, First Constitutional and Anti-Terrorism Bench has determined to renew listening to to determine on the conduct of prosecutor’s witness listening to in theor absence. 

On the final listening to, the courtroom ordered the jail administration to convey the 4 defendants to at the moment’s listening to. The defendants, in a letter despatched via their attorneys cited the abstract execution of detainees, maltreatment of prisoners in detention and extrajudicial killings in several elements of the nation and acknowledged that they don’t need to attend the listening to till Justice is run. The listening to that was set to determine on the conduct of witness listening to in opposition to the defendants was scheduled to happen in Could, the 4 defendants haven’t appeared at subsequent hearings since Could 26,2021. The courtroom rejected the defendants’ complaints by explaining that such malpractices within the justice system weren’t obvious throughout this listening to. 

The courtroom cited Article 20 of the Ethiopian Structure and defined that the 4 defendants who declined to seem on the listening to will probably be thought of as if they willingly declined their rights to defend themselves and subsequently determined to hold out the listening to of their absence. 

The courtroom rejected the prosecutor’s demand to have the defendants be pressured to attend the listening to and gave another appointment to August 6, 2021. AS



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