Police from the Dangala town arrested Mr. Andualem Tilahun on August 29, 2016. His residence located at Dangla was searched on the next day. The party’s miscellaneous legal documents and upper and lower ink seals have been taken. For 10-days police kept him in custody without any charge.
On September 7, 2016, afternoon they told him he would be tried allegedly on public incitement. The police claimed it would bring eye witnesses. In the same afternoon, he was taken to Woreda Court, but they didn’t issue him written charges. According to a source from the region, the so-called eye witnesses are actually ruling ANDM party members and active supporters who are rivalries to the AgDP and cannot be credible witnesses.
Another senior AgDP party member Mr. Beyilu Teshale in the Injibara town has been held in custody for no reason. The other party members, Mr. Kassahun Adem and Amare are sentenced for 1-year unlawfully before the current crisis in June and May, respectively.
Other party members insisted that the AgDP’ Chairperson, Mr. Andualem Tilahun and other party members are innocent, neither they did incite the public nor they committed any crime. “The charge is politically motivated to eliminate the opposition party in the region.”
The party’s External Relations Representative has appealed to the Ethiopian Government for their release via Ethiopian Embassy in Canada. Associated Press/AFP, News24 was first to report the detention of Andualem and Beyilu on September 12, 2016 (http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/two-ethiopia-opposition-leaders-arrested-20160912-2).