|photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT|
Dr Fikru maru hordofa who was sentenced to four years in prison for tax deviation and now charged with terrorism accused of providing 70000 Ethiopian birrr for the distruction of Qilinto Prison. According to Ethiopian human right project, Fikru Maru has been tortured and his health condition has deteriorated. The court alleges that an estimated 15 million birr worth of property was destroyed and 23 prisoners were killed. Research of Ethiopian human right project shows that a total of 64 prisoners died, 23 were dead due to the fire and 45 were shot.
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Court declined closed hearing request of the public prosecutor, 19 witness of the public prosecutor couldn't be found by their address. No one has wittiness-ed thus far against Bekele Gerba Deputy chairman of oromo Federalist congress who is the 4th defendant under the file of Gurmesa ayano. The hearing has been adjourned for December 27, 2016.
Abebe Urgessa who was arrested following the first round of #OromoProtest senteced to 15 years, he was accused of throwing grenade which resulted in death of 1 and Injury of 40 people. Abebe Urgessa among the 38 individuals accused burning Qilinto Prison. Megerssa Worku, Adugna Kesso, Bilisuma Demena , Teshale Bekele, Lenjesa Alemayehu have been set to walk free.