US Evaluating Sanctions Against Former NISS Head Getachew Assefa

Getachew-Assefa-sanctions-USNovember 27, 2018 ( - The United States Government is reportedly evaluating imposing a travel ban travel and assets freeze sanctions on former Ethiopian Intelligence head Getachew Assefa and currently a high ranking member of the Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF).

The sanctions in question follow the House of Representatives (HR) 128 Bill passed by the US Congress against Getachew Assefa earlier this month.

US House of Representatives' Mike Coffman, who sponsored the HR 128 bill and finally got it passed by the Congress, sent a letter to the US State Department and the US Treasury Department, requesting the sanctions be imposed on Getachew Assefa. In reply the US State Department indicated that it, along with the Treasury Department, will evaluate the information and "take steps as appropriate."

The former intelligence head, Getachew Assefa, is being accused by the Ethiopian government, which he is still a member of, for orchestrating the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa during the rally called in support of the reformist leader. The charges against him also include crimes against humanity on thousands of prisoners across the country such as allowing gang rape of both males and females, torturing and killings using different techniques in secrete jails.

A US federal prosecutor recently indicated that many secrete prisons used for torturing inmates had been found in Ethiopia, seven of which were in Addis Ababa.

Getachew Assefa is one of nine TPLF executive committe members, the leading organ of the TPLF.

Getachew Assefa led the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) for about two decades.

Recently, Getachew Assefa was accused of serious charges by the Attorney General of Ethiopia, Berhanu Tsegaye, of planning the grenade attack against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on June 23, 2018.

His whereabouts are currently unknown, but is still believed to be in Mekelle city in Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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