Ethiopian prosecutor ,Alemayehu Zemedkun ,seeks asylum in US
Sept 5, 2006 (WASHINGTON) - An Ethiopian prosecutor who said the government forced him to pursue opposition leaders has requested asylum in the United States, he
"I have been ordered by the government to institute charges on CUDP leaders," said Alemayehu Zemedkun
, referring to Ethiopia's opposition Coalition for Unity
and Democracy Party.
"I have tried to show them the legal impediments.There is not enough evidence ...But they insisted," he
said by telephone from Washington, where he
has sought refuge.
Zemedekun, 41, whose wife and two children remain in Addis Ababa, arrived in the United States on August 2 after the government realised he
was not going to launch a judicial attack on the opposition, and considered him sympathetic to them.He was a deputy general prosecutor when the government urged him to set charges against opposition leaders it alleged had plotted to overthrow the government after the May 2005 elections.
Arguing that there was no evidence against the opposition leaders, Zemedekun said he
had written a report to the government to convince them to abandon the effort, but that he
subsequently offered his
resignation but was refused.