EXTRA 107/93 - Ethiopia: legal concern: arrest of exiles returning for Conference of Peace and Reconciliation: Ibsa Gutama, Abera Yemane-Ab, Genenew Assefa, Genet Girma, Seyoum Zenebe
The five people named above were arrested on 15 and 16 December in Addis Ababa after returning from exile to represent their respective political organizations at a conference of peace and reconciliation to be held on 18-23 December. The main reason for the arrests appears to prevent prominent political opponents from receiving public exposure and possible support in a political conference inside Ethiopia. They are held in the police Central Investigation Bureau in Addis Ababa; they have not been charged with any offence. The government has said that Ibsa Gutama is held in connection with the OLF's armed struggle.