Friday, April 23, 2010

Ethiopian Opposition Demands Independent Probe into Activist's Death

Senior Forum leader Beyene Petros called for an independent probe into Biyanza's death."He is our activist who goes around and posts posters, distributes leaflets, campaigns on our behalf," said Beyene. "So we are demanding that an independent inquiry committee be formed to review this case. Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal called reports of the beating "the biggest lie we have heard."Speaking to VOA, Shimelis said Biyanza would never have worked for the opposition, because he was a registered member of the ruling party in Oromia. He said the victim had not been beaten, but had died of complications from malaria and typhoid. The spokesman described the charges as "part of a series of lies concocted by the Forum to smear the electoral process." Read more…

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