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Further information on UA 364/92 (AFR 25/07/92, 20 November) - Ethiopia: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment: Arega Kitata, Tilahun Hirpassa, Wolde-Yesus Mengesha, Haile Legesse and large numbers of others from the Oromo ethnic group

, Index number: AFR 25/002/1993

Haile Legesse, arrested in November 1992, has been released. Arega Kitata, arrested on 7 November 1992, has been detained for "illegal possession of arms"; Wolde-Yesus Mengesha has been detained allegedly "after being apprehended in the course of committing a crime". No details are available about Tilahun Hirpassa or the others arrested. No judicial proceedings have commenced against any of the above-mentioned detainees.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 25/02/93
Distr: UA/SC
5 January 1993
Further information on UA 364/92 (AFR 25/07/92, 20 November 1992) - Legal
concern/Fear of ill-treatment
ETHIOPIA: Arega Kitata, businessman
Tilahun Hirpassa, teacher
Wolde-Yesus Mengesha, teacher
Haile Legesse, farmer
and large numbers of others from the Oromo ethnic group
Amnesty International has recently been informed by the Ethiopian government
that Haile Legesse, arrested in November 1992 and detained in Ambo prison,
has been released.
Arega Kitata, arrested on 7 November 1992, has, according to the Ethiopian
government, been detained for "illegal possession of arms". It said that he
will shortly be put on trial "to answer to charges". Wolde-Yesus Mengesha,
arrested in November 1992 has also, according to authorities, been detained
"after being apprehended in the course of committing a crime". The Ethiopian
government reports that he receives regular visits from members of his family
and will be brought to trial as soon as investigations are complete. There
was no response from the authorites about Tilahun Hirpassa or the other mass
detentions described in UA 364/92 (AFR 25/07/92, 20 November 1992). No details
were given of the charges against Arega Kitata and Wolde-Yesus Mengesha. No
judicial proceedings have commenced against any of the detainees mentioned
in this appeal.
No further action is requested at this stage from Urgent Action participants
on these cases. Amnesty International will continue its investigations and
will put its continuing concerns to the relevant authorities through other
means.

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