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Meles considered possible target by ICC

Posted 6th March 2009

ICC warrant raises questions on leaders targeted

The Associated Press

By MICHELLE FAULJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The International Criminal Court’s decision to pursue a sitting head of state on war crimes charges puts others around the world on notice, but it’s also raising questions about which leaders are being targeted.

African and Arab nations say they will support Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, fearing the warrant issued against him Wednesday will bring even more conflict in Darfur, where up to 300,000 people have died since 2003, and further destabilize Sudan.

And they question why only Africans have been charged since the ICC — branded “the white man’s court” by Sudan’s information ministry — began its work six years ago. A temporary court, the tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, indicted Slobodan Milosevic in 1999 while he was still president of Yugoslavia.

The chairman of the 52-state African Union has accused the court of “double standards,” asking why no cases have emerged from conflicts in the Caucasus, Iraq or Gaza.

“The African states were the strongest supporters of establishing the ICC. It wouldn’t have been possible without them. But there has been a significant shift in the past year,” said Christopher Hall, senior legal adviser to Amnesty International.

Outside Africa, ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo is investigating possible cases in Colombia, Georgia and Afghanistan as well as a Palestinian request for charges against Israel for its actions in Gaza.

In Africa, those considered possible targets of the court are leaders in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad, Ivory Coast, Rwanda and Central African Republic.

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Comments (24)

  • GOMIDA. TIGRAY

    HELLO ABBAY MEDIA.

    YOU SAYD ABBAY MEDIA IS BLOCKED IN ETHIOPIA AND SUDAN???? WELL WHAT ABOUT YOU?? YOU ARE IN THE CIVLAIZED NATION AND YOU BLOCK OUR COMMENT WHY?? IF YOU BELIVE IN DEMOCRACY LETS EVERY ETHIOPIAWI COME TO YOUR ROOM AND TALK THIER DEFERNCES. YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SEE GOOD COMMENT. I MEAN THOES COMMENT WHO COME AGAINST WOYANNE. BUT THERE ARE ETHIOPIANS WHO SUPPORT WOYANNE. SO LETS TALK OUR DEFERECES AND SOLVE OUR PROBLEM IN CIVLIAZED WAY. BUT ABBAY MEDIA ARE ONE SIDED. YOU LIKE ONLEY NEFTEGNAS COMMENT OH NO LET WOYANNE NEFTEGNA OLF ONLF COME HERE AND TALK. I CAN AGREE WITH YOU WHEN YOU DELET ISULTS BUT TO SUPPORT ETHIOPIAN PARTY EVERY BODY HAVE THE RIGHT. HOPE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND MY POINT.

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  • danny

    Gomida, Tigray,
    You are an Evil **** and your day is coming. The Neftigna you **** like to talk about will cut your head off when the revolution come. You commited treason against ethiopia for 17 years and you continue to distrroy our country. With gods help we will **** you scum and kick you out of ethiopia forever. Then you could be in your worthless desert and your eritrean friends can take care of you. Ethiopia up, evil ***** down.

    Abbay Media Editor;
    Dear Danny, your comments have been edited to sanitize the forum, and would ask you to only post constructive comments here at Abbay Media. Also please make note of distinguishing the difference between the people of Tigray and the criminal Weyane.

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  • Anbese

    Dear Abbay Media Editors, We knew that you are all truth Ethiopian Loving your Mother Land Ethiopia the bottom of your Heart and, I upreshet that you are not given up this commenting forum web, to WEYANE-NATIONALISTS. THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY FOR NATIONALISTS. NATIONALISTS ARE CONDEMNED ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND HAVE NOT ANY HOLE TO GETTING DEMOCRACY FOR THE BRUTAL MISSION.
    Thank you Abbay Media

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  • Anbese

    Melass Zenawi and His followers should invited by International Criminal Court as soon as posible for the devastation of our Ethiopian inonocent people.

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  • sony

    The criminal charges against the ethno-fascist dictator zenawi are numerous. It is on public record that zenawi and his stooges are known for inciting inter-ethnic violence throughout Ethiopia in a bid to divide and conquer the people.

    There are numerous genocide charges against zenawi that until now have fallen on deaf ears. May be it is now that the international community is starting to listen.

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  • alex

    o MY LOARD this is tehe day to see those Abels killer kailes come to ICC court soon next MELS ZENAWI /TPLF Mafia so we will be free.

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  • alex

    How is mr Meles Zenawi and TPLF mafia group????
    Are they craying ? YES YSE !!!!!
    WE poor Ethiopian we will se soon Meles Zenawi and his tails to stand infront of ICC COURT:
    AMEN

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  • alex

    SUdanis presidant forst next Meles zenawi tyhe ADiwa mafia kehadi leba
    ICC God bless your work
    Amen

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  • Belete

    Sudan is a member of the Arab League and the Islamic Conference. Those members could advocate for the immunity of Sudan’s President and they also might protect him. How about Meles? Who is going to stand for him in the event the ICC indicts him? The names of the names of the victims murdered by Meles’ regime are in the hands of the prosecutor.

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  • danny

    There is little difference between the tigeru and woyane. 95%+ support this evil regime knowing what it does to ethiopia and ethiopians. There arrogance has got a lot of people angry. We dont want Ethiopias enemies ruling it.

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  • Hagos Gehdeye

    Ethiopian people want justice served today not tommorow. Justice delayed is justice denied.

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  • Bertu

    “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The International Criminal Court’s has a legal and moral mandate of the world to make sure Meles will never get away with 4 decades of crimes against humanity.

    Bertu
    Long Live Ethiopia

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  • Eritrean Gomida

    This is a worrying developement for Meles and his desciples. Its about time they face the trumpets of justice emerging out of the graveyard of those that have been victimized by Weyane bullets. They think they are getting away with murdering Ethiopian students from rooftops postelection violence concocted by the very same Weyane animals.

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  • didyouseethat

    I real target for the ICC should be many in the diasporra who have killed many ethiopians as part of the power struggle between Derg and EPRP.

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  • yebbo

    ICC has an obligation to carry out its duties to ensure that criminals are pursued and punished for acts of war crime, genocide and repression.

    The Ethiopian people have been the subject of brutal repression, kidnap, murder, arrest and torture by the ethno-centric woyane junta for many years.

    People have been denied their freedom to speak and write against the ethnicist junta, FEAR AND INTIMIDATION ARE COMMON PLACE.

    Ethiopia has become very well known for its repression , arrest and intimidation of journalists. Many are being forced to close their offices and to flee to othe countries in the cover of darkness.

    The woyane ethnic militia and security agents raid homes of suspected political and opposition activists under the cover of darkness and arrest, beat, torture and kill victims.

    Abitrary arrests from the streets and work places are widespread.

    In the Ogaden, starvation and war are used as weapons to wipe out whole poulation. in Norther Shoa, Gondar, Arusi most of southern Ethiopia similar problems prevail.

    It is time that zenawi and is coherts face justice. ICC should focus on Ethiopia.

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  • Anbese

    Eritrean Agamido! What about AFEWERKI? Isayas Afewerki is, the main responsible Devil Man for the current and passed conditions. He was established TPLF(Weyane) and all the disapeared and existing racist organizations. SHABIYA is the Father of Weyane. Eritrean Agamido, we knew very well about weyane, and most of Ethiopian are struggling forward.
    Eri Agamido! please tell us, what’s going on there in Eri?

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  • tola

    sudan will be divided in to three states soon the thing is none of the western countries want an african country to be inthe arab league and dictate black african .the northern sudanis who claimed to be an arab will get their dry region;while darfure will get the oil part of sudan and the southern sudan will stay autonomous.

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  • tola

    It is time for albashhir and his janjawid millitia to pay the price.iam happy to see this facist to go to court where slobodan milosovich went to be indited.Guss who is next our crime minister meles saytanawi

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  • Allen 7

    This jerk “zenawi” will be the next one who will be charged with crimes againist humainity.
    His fancy days are numbered and zenawi YOU will be …………up very soon.

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  • yebbo

    The woyane ethno-centric tyrant zenawi must be peeing in his pants as he mulls the fate of his friend Al-bashir of sudan.

    The blood of thousands of innocent Ethiopians from Gambella to Jijiga , from Tigraie to Moyale is crying out for justice. The thousands who are aribitrarily locked up in woyane dungeons throughout the country on the whims and fancies of zenawi and his stooges need recompense.

    The people of Ethiopia as a whole who have been denied their God given rights of freedom, equality , justice and the respect for human rights are seeking a relief.

    The ICC’s main call is to prove that a genocide has taken place in a country or region and that the perpetrators should face justice.

    We say to the ICC that the Ethiopian people have faced genocide on two fronts – if it comes to the count of bodies killed the woyane have killed as many people as Al-bashir has; if not more. Right as we speak, mass murder is taking place in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia. People are being starved to death by denying them their right to receive aid from outside, as well as being shot on the spot for suspicion of being supporters of rebel movements.

    When it comes to psychological death the Ethiopian people are on top of the list. People disappear from their homes for speaking up against the ethnicist junta, intimidation and harassment are widespread, and there is no free press in the country.
    People are not allowed to assemble freely, to criticese the ethnicist regime or to hold demonstrations against repression and state violence on the people.

    We as responsible citizens living in the safe havens of the west should do something to bring about change to the lives of the millions of our people.

    The ICC needs our help to bring the criminal gangsters led by zenawi to justice. We need to work with the ICC and other humanitarian organisations like Human Rights Watch , Amnesty International and others and final bring the sad episode in Ethiopian history to a conclusion.

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  • billy

    where are those kidnaped from sudan ,those killed in nairobi in there sleep, in ambo,gonder, gambela, ogaden,borena,awasa,etc…. who is responsible for millions of desapearanses througout the country,murder ,intimidation.looting etc… it is only zenawi and his TPLF thugs and there payed media operators and spies all of should be held accountable for the crimes they commited. we have no time to west. god bless all those who are fitghting tyrany

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  • burden

    Look: TPLF STARTED KIDNAPPING PPL IN GONDER BEFORE IT GOT TO ADDIS. NO WAIT, TPLF PURPOSELY MISINFORMED DERG AND MADE DERG BOMB HAWZEN WHILE TPLF HAD CAMERAS FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES TO FILM IT FOR PROPOGANDA LONG BEFORE IT CAME TO POWER. AND BEFORE THAT THE BBC ACCUSED TPLF OF CAUSING FAMINE IN TIGRAY AND DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF PEASANTS ON LONG MARCH FROM TIGRAY TO SUDAN.

    TPLF PROMISED THERE WILL BE INVESTIGATION OF THE BEDENO, ARBAGUGU ETC. MASSACRES IN 1991/2 AND WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATIONS.

    IN THE GRAND MOSQUE IN ADDIS TPLF MASSACRED MUSLIMS AND IN ANCIENT CITY OF GONDER TPLF KILLED LOTS OF PPL AT CHURCH OF JESUS, THEN IN AWASSA TPLF MASSACRED AGAIN, AGAIN IN GAMBELA TPLF’S GENOCIDE IS WELL DOCUMENTED. IN AMBO TPLF KILLED TOO MANY. IN ARBAMINCH TOO AND IN HADIYA….ALL OVER ETHIOPIA’S COLLEGES TPLF KILLED STUDENTS IN 2001.

    IN EACH AND EVERY OF THOSE MASSACRES, TPLF PROMISED THERE WILL BE INVESTIGATIONS.

    TPLF THEN WENT ON THE KILLING RAMPAGE WHEN CUD AND HIBRET WON THE ELECTION OF 2005.

    SINCE 2005 TPLF HAS INCREASED SHOOTING PPL DOWN AND OR ‘DISAPPEARING’.

    AND IN TIGRAY MOST ARE SCARED TO DEATH OF DISAGREEING WITH TPLF. AND SOME TIGRAYANS ARE VERY PROUD OF TPLF AND ARE READY TO DIE FOR IT. SOME OF THE OPPOSITION THINKS THOSE PPL THAT SUPPORT TPLF WILL ONE DAY SEE THE PAIN OF THE ETHIOPIANS FOR EVERY OPPOSITION KNOWS TPLF HAS NO SUPPORTERS AT ALL EXCEPT IN TIGRAY.

    WHEN THE AGAZI CAME TO ARREST JUDGE BIRTUKAN MIDEKSA THE FIRST TIME, THEY KILLED FIVE PEOPLE. THERE WAS NO INVESTIGATION. WIFE OF FELLOW ELECTED CUD WAS SHOT DOWN BY AGAZI TOO AND THERE WAS NO INVESTIGATION. THERE WERE CLOSE TO 200 PEOPLE AGAZI AND FEDERAL POLICE WITH DIRECT ORDER OF MELES ZENAWI SHOT TO DEATH. WHAT DID THE OPPOSITION DO?

    THE OPPOSITION TOLD THE OPPOSITION LEADERS NOT TO TAKE THE SEATS THE TPLF ADMITTED TO LOSING TO THE OPPOSITION. THE OPPOSITION TOLD THE LEADERS NOT TO TAKE CONTROL OF ADDIS WITH THE VERY FIRST ELECTED MAYOR EVER IN THE CITY’S ENTIRE HISTORY. THE OPPOSITION TOLD THE LEADERS OF THE OPPOSITION TO GO TO JAIL UNTIL ALL THE VOTES THAT WERE STOLEN BY TPLF WERE GIVEN BACK.

    FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THE RULING PARTY CLAIMED ITS VOTES WERE STOLEN, KILLED THE WINNERS OR CHASED THEM AWAY AND OR FORCED RE-ELECTIONS, RAN BY ITSELF AND ‘WON’ SEATS BACK. WHAT DID THE OPPOSITION DO?

    TEDDY AFRO WAS MORE SYMBOL OF NEW DEMOCRACY FOR TPLF AND LET SING WHATEVER HE THOUGHT WAS RIGHT UNTIL HE WAS NEEDED FOR DISTRACTION. AND WHEN HIS TIME CAME UP HE HIRED A TPLF-SUPPORTER-LAWYER. NOW NOBODY ANNOYS THE HELL OUT OF TPLF THAN TPLF’S THAN TEDDY AFRO’S CONFIDENCE AND UNPRECEDENTED POPULARITY ALL OVER THE WORLD WHERE ABESHAS LIVE AND IN THE ENTIRE ETHIOPIA. JUST ONE YOUNG MAN WITH SO MUCH POWER AN ARMY CAN’T DEFEAT. OH WAIT, TEDDY IS FROM ADDIS, AND IF HE KILLED A GOJJAME MAY BE THE WHOLE GOJJAM WILL LOVE TPLF FOR THROWING TEDDY AFRO IN PRISON. WHO CARES IF THE GOJJAME DIED THE DAY BEFORE TEDDY AFRO CAME BACK TO ADDIS?

    AND JUDGE BIRTUKAN? MAY BE SHE THINKS SHE CAN GET AWAY WITH SAYING THINGS OTHER PPL CAN’T SAY B/C SHE IS A WOMAN? OR SHE WAS WEAK FOR NOT MENTIONING THE FIVE PPL THAT WERE KILLED AT HER ARREST DESPITE ALL THE INFLUENCE SHE HAS. BESIDES WHO CARES? DEBEBE ESHETU AND DR. YAKOB H.MARIAM WILL BE NEXT. MESFIN W.MARIAM’S KESTE-DAMENA WAS A DANGEROUS LITTLE GROUP THAT CAME FROM NOWHERE AND CREATED HAVOC WITHIN SIX MONTHS. IT IS HARD TO CONDITION THESE PPL. THEY ARE OROMO, AMHARA, SIDAMA, TIGRE, GURAGE, WELAYITA, KEMBATA, SOMALI, AFAR, ORTHODOX, MUSLIM, PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, JEWISH… IT IS HARD TO PIN THEM DOWN IN ONE CATAGORY. THEY WEREN’T PAYING ATTENTION TO THE REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRACY AT ALL. THEY ARE NOT DERGISTS OR ROYALISTS. IT IS HARD TO WIN ARGUMENTS WITH ANYONE OF THEM AND YET THEY HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS. HOW CAN U ANSWERE TO HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT OPPOSITION OPINIONS THAT THINK THE SAME WAY? 18 YEARS OF RADIO AND NEWSPAPER AND TV OWNERSHIP DIDN’T WORK ON THESE RELAXED OPPOSITION GROUP WITH A POTENTIAL TO DESTROY JUST LIKE TEDDY AFRO’S SONG DOES.

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  • Metasebia Desta

    This is nothing but the usual double standard the West applies to safeguard what it perceives to be its interest! Now, tell me please if Al Bashir has done any more crimes than our own Melese Leggesse Zenawi? The ICC action will have absolutely nothing of significance. You know, Bashir is not going to give himself up (as he shouldn’t) and the entire Sudanese people will protect him to the extent they can! So, this is another useless declaration by the ICC to earn its living for one more month. meles you are an evil.

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  • Jillo

    My dear the Europeans and the Americans are part of every crime done in Africa. Bushu and Tony Blair are the leading responsible person for the blood spilled in recent years in rabian gulf, orn of Africa and ICC is the new white man system ofcolonialism and a means to keep Africa in controversy and unde development. The north has no moral to accuse any killing dictator in thsouth. They they part of every crime done in the south.
    Jillo fom Norway

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