Ethiopian Parliament Strips 39 Tigray MPs of Immunity from Prosecution

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-stripped-immunityNovember 12, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives on Thursday stripped its 39 members, including President of the Tigray region Debretsion Gebremichael, of immunity from prosecution.

Accordingly, the house revoked immunity of Asmelash Weldesenbet, Abay Tsehaye, Dr. Ambassador Addisalem Balema, Getachew Reda, Atsebeha Aregawi and Gebregziabher Araya and other TPLF members.

The house unanimously approved the resolution on removal of immunity of the Tigray region MPs from prosecution as presented to it by the federal attorney general.

The attorney general said the Tigray MPs are accused of launching rebellion against the government, attacking the national defense forces and committing other related offences.

The Council of Ministers the same day approved a directive for the newly established provisional administration in Tigray Regional State.

The Council of Ministers  adopted the regulation in accordance with the decision of the House of Federation for the establishment of a provisional administration that is accountable to the Federal Government within the Regional State of Tigray pursuant to Article 62(9) of the FDRE Constitution and Article 14(2)(b) of the Proclamation Governing Intervention of the Federal Government in the Regions”, the Prime Minister said.

Meanwhile, Addis Ababa Police said they have arrested 242 terror suspects who allegedly have links to the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) whose troops currently are fighting with the government in northern Ethiopia.

Briefing journalists on Thursday Addis Ababa Police Commissioner Getu Argaw said the suspects were apprehended while they were preparing to launch terror acts in different locations of  Addis Ababa.

Police said they have seized bombs, explosives, a grenade launcher and bullets of firearms on hands of the 242 suspects.

In another development, tens of thousands of demonstrators have been taking to the streets of towns and cities across Ethiopia, denouncing the "massacre" by troops of Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) against the federal troops in the region.

TPLF remained in control of its home base in Tigray northern Ethiopia, where its armed wing is also active.

Following the alleged attack against a military camp in the Tigray region on the night of November 3, 2020, Addis Ababa launched a full-scale offensive against the TPLF in an attempt to bring its leaders before justice.

The demonstrators have denounced what they called the treason allegedly committed by the ‘rebel group’ against the National Defense Force pledging support to the federal forces.

They waved slogans denouncing crimes of the TPLF and echoing pro-government voices.

Demonstrators who took part in the anti-TPLF rally at Jimma Stadium denounced the "treachery the TPLF Junta committed on the defense forces as unacceptable" and characterized it as “a manifestation of an atrocious intention aimed at dismantling the nation.”

They urged the government to continue law enforcement measures against the TPLF junta and pledged support to the national military forces for the realization of law and order in the country.

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