- Andargachew Tsege was snatched by officials at Yemen airport last June
- The 59-year-old was transferred to Ethiopia where he is thought to remain
- Father-of-three moved to London in 1979 from native African country
- He was dubbed ‘Ethiopian Mandela’ after exposing government corruption
- Leaked emails revealed British officials’ frustration at political inaction
- Philip Hammond said he could not ‘find time’ for phone call on issue
Yet Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he could not ‘find time’ for a phone call to raise the issue and did not want to send a ‘negative’ letter.
In one email, an exasperated official asks: ‘Don’t we need to do more than give them a stern talking to?’
Tsege, who has lived in the UK since 1979, has been called Ethiopia’s Nelson Mandela. Tsege fell out with his university friend ex-Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, after he exposed government corruption and helped establish a pro-democracy party.