By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – Officials who are under police custody filed a “habeas corpus” petition to the Federal First Instance Court.
Christian Tadele, member of parliament, and Kassa Teshager (Dr.) member of Addis Ababa City Council filed the petition through their lawyers. The Federal Court to whom the petition was submitted ordered the Federal Police to appear the next day with a written response.
The two lawyers of Christian and Dr. Kassa filed their petition on Tuesday 08 August 2023 stating that the Federal police “detained their clients without trial” since late last week. The attorneys, Henok Aklilu and Solomon Gezahegn, briefed the court on the manner in which their clients, people’s representatives, were held by the police.
The single page petition of Christian Tadele states that the defendant, member of the House of People’s Representatives, was “beaten” and arrested from his home last week by the Federal Police Criminal Investigation Bureau. Dr. Kassa Teshager was arrested by the Federal Police at about 6:00 pm midnight on the same day. It is stated in the complaint that both are now under custody at the same place. The Federal Police arrested both individuals “for questioning or investigation”, the petition indicates.
Christian Tadele, who entered parliament representing the opposition National Movement of Amhara (NaMA), has been granted immunity by the Constitution, which declares that any member of the council who commits a serious crime shall not be arrested without the consent of the council. “Unless he is arrested red-handed, he will not be charged with a crime”.
Dr. Kassa, member of Prosperity Party of Addis Ababa City Council also has the same immunity rights stipulated in the City Charter, which was issued under the auspices of the House of Peoples Representatives. The document contains the same provision as the Constitution
By referring to these rights stipulated in the constitution and the charter, the lawyers forwarded their complaints saying that though realising the immunity rights of the defendants, the federal police detained them.
The two lawyers who said that their clients have “unfairly” been detained, requested the hearing that “the petitioners in prison be granted an order that their liberty be respected and released from prison without any prior conditions. The Federal First Instance Court has ordered the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Federal Police Commission to submit its comments on the complaints in writing the next day.
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