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“I was in prison for two months before I appear at the parliament”Tamrat Layne

August 2,2018

In the days following his release from prison, Tamrat Layne stated in many occasions that he was arrested due to political difference with leaders of TPLF including, it is implied, the late Meles Zenawi. But he used to avoid the details the tribulations and the secrets of his arrest.

At the time (In 1996), the Ethiopian government under the late Meles Zenawi announced that he was arrested in connection with corruption and misuse of power. Among other things, he was accused of deposition $16 million at Swiss Bank in the name of his daughter, Blen Tamrat.

Now, he revealed the circumstances under which he was criminalized, sent to Maekelawi prison and was later sentenced to 18 years in prison.

He says he was already arrested for two months before appeared the parliament for a false confession in 1996.

After the confession, he was thrown to Maekelawi where he was kept, he claims, in solitary confinement and in dark room for many several months. He also says was tortured in three occasions.

Take a listen to his interview with Nahoo TV.

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  1. I do humbly request Mr Tamrat that, you tell the truth, nothing but the whole truth, regarding all the ponzi schemes, you had had witnessed, as well as you happen to know about the corruption of the Tigrian Criminal Syndicates, led by “ Team Sebhat Nega”, during the early years of Woyane,after you entered Addis Ababa. We need you to share your knowledge of the embezzlement from the national treasure and as to how “EFFORT”, got its initial Financial capital, Particularly the illegal gold transactions with foreign smugglers ? What did you know of this Gold Sale and its relation to your humiliation by the hands of Meles Zenawi, what was the reaction of “Team Sebehat” and later “Team Seye Abraha” ? Would you say , you were counter balancing these criminal syndicates, by initiating and materializing your own “ Team Tamrat” syndicate? How is “Team Mohamed Hussein Am’Moudi” outmanoeuvred “Team Tamerat” and execute merger with “Team Sebehat” ? Well, where was “ Team Berket “ in all this ? Were the four guys you decline to name, were, somehow, part of “Team Berket”?! you lost that battle,and they humiliated you the same way they later did to “Team Seye”, interesting! Nevertheless,We need clear answers on these and all related matters that can be used in a court of law , such that , what has been embezzled from the national treasure be returned to the rightfully owners , the Federal Treasury and thereby, all assets of EFFORT that has been stolen be reinstituted to the federal treasury. I beg you, Mr Tamrat, in the name of your new found faith, to shed light on the embezzlement of gold during that time you were in power .Hope you would do the right thing,as we shall request a formal inquiry very soon, God Willing! and put forth our claim in a court of law and be able to subpoena you as a witness, God willing , we shall see this happen too.


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