Andargachew Tsege’s daughter, Menabe Andargachew, denied application for judicial review of UK government’s handling of case. 

By Adam Withnall (The Independent) |

The High Court has rejected the case of a nine-year-old British girl demanding Theresa May’s government do more to help her father, who has been kidnapped by the Ethiopian authorities and now faces an impending death sentence.

British officials have failed to intervene in the case of Andargachew Tsege, known as Andy, a father of three from London who was granted political asylum in the UK in 1979 and has lived in Britain ever since. He was abducted in June 2014 while on route to visit Eritrea, and in July 2015 moved to the infamous Kality prison outside Addis Abiba, dupped “Ethiopia’s gulag”.

Lawyers for Andy’s daughter, Menabe Andargachew, 9, began judicial review proceedings earlier this year against the Foreign Office (FCO) over ministers’ handling of the case.

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But according to the rights group Reprieve which has been assisting Andy’s family, at a hearing on Wednesday afternoon High Court judges ruled in the government’s favour.

Maya Foa, director of the death of penalty team at Reprieve, told The Independent: “Andy Tsege is the victim of a series of terrible abuses at the hands of the Ethiopian government – from kidnapping to rendition and illegal detention under an in absentia death sentence.

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