Masresha Sete Bire and 37 others

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Federal High Court

Lideta Criminal Bench

Addis Ababa

Case – Masresha Sete Bire and 37 others

  1. Masresha Sete Bire
  2. Wolde Motumma Sibi (aka Moti)
  3. Ashenafi Akalu Abera
  4. Abebe Urgessa Kensa (aka Nomona Urgessa)
  5. Agbaw Setegna Berihun
  6. Abdulahi Aliye
  7. Ismael Bekele Fantahun
  8. Ibrahim Kemil Isa
  9. Mitiku Debela Temesgen (aka Atore)
  10. Sheik Buden Nesredin Umer
  11. Kasim Genbo Betera
  12. Temesgen Markos Mada
  13. Fikru Maru Hordofa
  14. Abel Kebeda Weldeyes
  15. Fikremariam Asmamaw Walelign
  16. Ashenafi Melese Tilahun
  17. Dese Andargachew Chekol
  18. Angaw Tegegn Argaw
  19. Umer Hussein Ahmed
  20. Atnafu Abere Dendo
  21. Seife Girma Tessema
  22. Misbah Kedir Umer
  23. Kebede Chemeda Lejisa
  24. Tofik Farah Mohammed
  25. Dereje Merga Debelo
  26. Tolosa Bedada Debele
  27. Dinsa Fafa Diriba
  28. Nasir Degu Mohammed
  29. Naol Shameri Gari
  30. Abdulgafar Abaraya Abagadda
  31. Getacher Eshete Ashene
  32. Tofik Shikur Remedan (aka Sumaw)
  33. Shemsu Seid Radi
  34. Fitsum Getachew Weldegebriel
  35. Sisay Batu Gardew
  36. Kasa Mohammed Ali (aka Kuba)
  37. Fitsum Cherinet Habtemariam
  38. Kedir Tadele Menji

Charge – against all accused charged with:

  • The offense of contravening articles 32(1)(a) and 38 of the FDRE Penal Code of 2004 and article 3(1),(2),(4) and (6) of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (652/2009)
  • Participating in the offense as principal offenders, accepting through act and intent the commission and consequences of the offense, entering a conspiracy agreement to commit acts of terrorism by:

  • Since January/February 2016, setting in motion a plan to escape from Qilinto prison, where they were in custody after being captured and charged for offenses they committed, by inciting a riot and disturbance by force through convening and organizing prison inmates into a terror group and organizing them as recruits to the terror organizations Ginbot 7, Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Alshabab, and raising money from persons abroad and prison inmates to enable the execution of the group’s mission; exchanging information clandestinely inside the prison and with terror groups in the country and abroad, deciding to escape on 3 September, 2016 at 8:00 AM by inciting a riot and burning and destroying the prison and passing this message on to other inmates; organizing and inciting inmates in different zones of the prison to burn their prison issued uniforms, prison cells, cafeterias and computers in offices, thereby causing the organized group to burn and beat 23 inmates (Setegn Mulu Desta, Netsanet Abebe Gebre, Teshale Bekele Ayele, Melaku Mesfin Getachew, Biniyam Assefa Kebede, Dawit Ezana Tekabe, Gebeyehu Temesgen, Getu Bekele Jimma, Abdisa Beka, Dawit Asres, Seid Mohammed, Debele Abera Bedada, Tadele Bogale Tela, Gadissa Tadele Gidey, Yilak Achenif Jember, Elias Addis, Kebede Feyissa, Taha Sinhatu Mohammed, Tezera Kassahun, Fitsum Demeke, Desta Dawit, Asrat Waza, Amanuel Ertebo) to death in the riot and causing property damage in the amount of birr 15,000,000 to the Qilinto prison

Prosecutor’s evidence

Witnesses

  • In accordance with Witness Protection Proclamation 699/2003 and article 32 of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (652/2009), the identity of the prosecutor’s witnesses not revealed in the copy of the charge given to the accused

Statements obtained from accused while in state custody

  • Statements given to police by accused while in custody under article 27(2) of the FDRE Criminal Procedure Code – 1st accused (15 pages), 2nd accused (11 pages), 3rd accused (6 pages), 4th accused (12 pages), 5th accused (10 pages), 6th accused (4 pages), 7th accused (7th accused), 8th accused (14 pages), 9th accused (7 pages), 10th accused (10 pages), 11th accused (7 pages), 12th accused (12 pages), 14th accused (11 pages), 15th accused (7 pages), 16th accused (6 pages), 17th accused (6 pages), 18th accused (8 pages), 19th accused (9 pages), 20th accused (5 pages), 21st accused (19 pages), 22nd pages (7 pages), 23rd accused (10 pages), 24th accused (11 pages), 25th accused (6 pages), 26th accused (6 pages), 27th accused (9 pages), 28th accused (6 pages), 29th accused (5 pages), 30th accused (18 pages), 31st accused (17 pages), 32nd accused (10 pages), 33rd accused (10 pages), 34th accused (10 pages), 35th accused (7 pages), 36th accused (10 pages), 37th accused (10 pages) and 38th accused (10 pages)

Documents

  • Report from Addis Ababa Prison Administration to Federal Police Commission Crime Investigation Bureau on the prison riot on 3 September 2016 (8 pages)
  • Report on the results of the investigation on the fire damage to the cells at Qilinto prison conducted by Federal Police Commission Crime Investigation Bureau Forensic Investigation Directorate (20 pages)
  • Report sent to Federal Police Commission Crime Investigation Bureau by Fire and Emergency Services Authority, Akaki Branch Office (5 pages)
  • Reports by Kidus Paulos Hospital Millennium Medical College Abet Hospital on autopsy conducted on deceased Setegn Mulu Desta, Netsanet Abebe Gebre, Teshale Bekele Ayele, Melaku Mesfin Getachew, Biniyam Assefa Kebede, Dawit Ezana Tekabe, Gebeyehu Temesgen, Getu Bekele Jimma, Abdisa Beka, Dawit Asres, Seid Mohammed, Debele Abera Bedada, Tadele Bogale Tela, Gadissa Tadele Gidey, Yilak Achenif Jember, Elias Addis, Kebede Feyissa, Taha Sinhatu Mohammed, Tezera Kassahun, Fitsum Demeke, Desta Dawit, Asrat Waza, Amanuel Ertebo (report on each deceased person 7 pages long)
  • Report by Kidus Paulos Hospital Millennium Medical College Abet Hospital explaining results of autopsy reports

Demonstrative evidence

  • Photographs depicting the extent of damage caused to Qilinto prison and to human life (34 pages)

Please click here to download the full charge in Amharic.

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