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Yemi Hailemariam: Wife of Andargachew Tsege ‘doesn’t want to see people die in the streets’

International Business Times
August 16,2016

EXCLUSIVE: IBTimes UK interviews wife of opposition figure Tsege, on death row in Ethiopia.

By Ludovica Iaccino, Video by Sho Murakoshi

A recent crackdown on anti-government protests in Ethiopia has sparked fears for the fate of arrested activists and political opponents including prominent opposition member Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege, currently on death row in the African nation. The British-Ethiopian citizen is the founder of the Ginbot 7 political party, which Ethiopia classified as a terrorist organisation.

Tsege moved to the UK in 1979 and was later granted asylum as a political refugee. In 2009, he was tried in absentia and sentenced to death by the Ethiopian government for an alleged coup attempt. Tsege continued to live in London with his family until 2014, when he was arrested by Yemeni authorities in collaboration with Ethiopian intelligence at Yemen’s Sana’a airport. He was then subsequently deported to Ethiopia.

IBTimes UK interviewed Tsege’s wife, Yemi Hailemariam, who lives in London with the couple’s three children. Hailemariam has been campaigning for the release of her husband, who some believe was arrested as part of a wider crackdown the government carried out on opposition members ahead of the 2015 general election.

“We are one of the possible ways that he can be able to get out of the situation that he is in. So that burden of trying to bring about his release is time-consuming and very distracting,” Hailemariam told IBTimes UK. “My husband will come out and he should always think it is a very short time before he is going to be free.”

Read full story on IBT

Cover Photo : Yemi Hailemariam
Source: Screenshot from IBT video



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