Boris Johnson has so far refused to call for Mr Tsege’s release, saying that the British government does not interfere in foreign judicial proceedings.
By Steve Sweeney (The People’s Daily) |
LONDON, U.K.―Boris Johnson must secure the immediate release of a British father from death row in Ethiopia, leading Queen’s Counsels (QCs) demanded in a letter yesterday.
Tory MP Dominic Grieve, Labour’s Lord Falconer and Liberal Democrat peer Ken MacDonald wrote to the Foreign Secretary raising concerns about Andargachew Tsege, a British father of three from London.
Andargachew Tsege is a prominent Ethiopian opposition politician who was kidnapped by security forces in Yemen in 2014 during a stopover while traveling to Eritrea.
He was then illegally rendered to Ethiopia, where he is being held under sentence of death. Legal charity Reprieve alleges that British aid money has probably been used to train those involved in Mr Tsege’s abduction.
Mr. Johnson has so far refused to call for Mr Tsege’s release, saying that the British government does not interfere in foreign judicial proceedings.
However, the letter slams the Foreign Office’s approach, arguing that British diplomats should be demanding Mr Tsege’s immediate return to this country.
Foreign Office efforts to secure legal support for Mr. Tsege ignore statements by the Ethiopian prime minister and foreign minister that “there is no appeal process available to Mr. Tsege.”
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