In the past 5-days, I made two reports regard to Mr. Melese (Mesele) Desta, who has been detained since Aug. 3, 2012, in the town of Metema, North Gondar Ethiopia. He appeared this morning at the local court, Metema Woreda Court. No charge was filed, simply the woreda attorney said, “we got him red handed”, but without any clarification. The defender said that he did nothing wrong, just he exercised his constitutional rights. Then, the attorney asked the court to adjure for two more weeks and the court accepted without condition. Then, Mr. Mesele Desta has taken to the custody. Request for release on bail was denied. Mr. Mesele was accused of by collecting signature from residents to form a new party called, Agaw Democratic Party. The process is legal in the Ethiopian law, Proclamation Number 573/2008. As stated in the previous report, observers believed collecting the signature is lawful and they cannot charge him under this context. Unless they create a fabricated story and charge him. Regional government and ANDM officials passed curricular information from Wag to East Gojjam on the new party formation. The information recipients were warned to be on surveillance and report the movement to the regional officials. Some of recipients confused even panicked; they though multi-party law was scrapped from the constitution of Ethiopia.
In related information, wlka received reliable information from Addis Ababa. A senior official from Ethiopian National Election Board official reportedly contacted the Chief Policeman from Metema Woreda, named Inspector Shambel on July 7, afternoon. The Inspector told the board official, he had no information in the case of Mesele Desta and promised to investigate the case and report back. However, this evening, a senior regional government official from Bahir Dar, hinted his possible release at any time. Any progress will be updated tomorrow on the same page.
Mr. Mesele Desta Released
WALKA on its correspondence window had received the following information this afternoon (Aug. 13, 2012):
Ato Mesele Desta had been released this morning in the local time, on monitory bail. He is in a condition physically and psychologically.