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Mesfin Hagos, Defense Minister, Eritrea
Mesfin Hagos, Defense Minister, Etitrea
Mesfin Hagos, former Defense Minister, Eritrea
Many Eritreans attended the morning and evening sessions of events and Mesfin Hagos was one of the attendants.
Minor chaos ensued when a person publicly accused Mesfin as a perpetrator of the arrests and disappearances of Eritreans that happened in Eritrea when he was the minister of defense. The first minister of defense was Petros Solomon (imprisoned since Sept. 2001) and Mesfin Hagos was the chief of Staff. Around the time of the referendum in 1993, he became the minister of defense briefly until he resigned in 1995 after a clash with Isaias; he was replaced by General Sebhat Ephrem. Like many others, Mesfin has been on the receiving end of accusations since he abandoned the PFDJ and joined the opposition sixteen years ago! It's understandable that he bears collective responsibility together with other leaders of the ruling party, and if he is accused formally, only a competent court of law can try and sentence him. His friend had posted a picture of Mesfin Hagos who had to appear to address the audience hastily, impromptu, at the event, "of the Prisoners day, that was marred by a lack of clarity for one reason and another, which, in my mind, created a fertile ground for the activities to be diverted to an unintended path. Hamid states what was "written over the picture of Mesfin Hagos on my friend's page, literally came as follows: "The activist Mesfin Hagos is now speaking on the Eritrean Prisoners' day commemoration in London, and he is replying to the brother of a prisoner, who accused him that he is one of the perpetrators of the arrests of those who disappeared. And [Mesfin] says that he is ready to appear before any court of justice. And also it gives the impression that Mesfin admitted guilt and is waiting for the establishment of a court to surrender himself up to it. I wished if the content included the circumstances and reasons that occurred and that preceded the appearance of Mesfin Hagos in the foreground. "Mesfin Hagos had raised his hand to say a word about what he heard from the young man, but because the moderator, Mr. Abdulrahman Sayed, did not see him," and because a number of "senior veterans who were sitting alongside him convinced him not to respond for reasons they mentioned to him, it seemed Mesfin was convinced and decided to keep silent and stopped raising his hand. At the conclusion of the event, as Mesfin walked towards the exist gate, someone approached him and said, "why didn't you respond and make your voice heard? Amazed, Mesfin said, "I raised my hand but no one gave me an opportunity to speak, also the friends who were sitting beside me pressed on me not to respond because they didn't see that worthwhile." At that moment, Suleiman Hussein intervened and told the person who was about to announce the end of the event, that Mesfin would like to say a word, and Mesfin basically said the following in Tigrinya: Hamid further criticizes certain members of legislative councils of several opposition organizations who commented on the post of the Facebook page that had the picture of Mesfin for jumping "to ride the wave of abusing Mesfin, strangely, some of them are lawyers who know the procedures of civil and criminal trials. "inconceivably, there are great brothers who are supposed to avail their media outlets in order to help establish truth and the solidarity of the opposition… we note that one of them wrote words that make us doubt our quest to build a free and fair media as a substitute to the regime's media in Asmara, and that is if we take the comments as a benchmark for understanding a media person that we are seeking to make a substitute for the media of the regime… and the owner of a second website who provided a link to a book full of insults and attacks on the person Mesfin Hagos. He made the link to confirm the validity of what came yesterday evening in London, hastily, without waiting for the clouds to clear from the skies of the foggy city, and for the truth to be uncovered. As for our third friend, an owner of a website, he limited himself to clicking "Like" on the post, perhaps thinking it was a neutral word in such a reality. In 1994, upon signing a security and defense pack with Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Mesfin Hagos, as defense minister, wanted detained or brought back with him members of the ELF-RC to Asmara but Meles refused. Mesfin Hagos's problem as described by Jim Hightow was that, "The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is CONFORMITY. People like Mesfin should play their role if they are really against PFDJ. that is the starting point - expose everything and stand with the victim - otherwise it is clear they are not really for peace and they still didn't change with their stand of killing people. The crimes done by this leadership is so high it has compromised the lose of the nation it self- you know what I mean. if really it is the leadership who brought the nation and that will be proved by you I will drop my citizen ship as for me Mesfin and IA are not better than Ethiopian ex leaders - promise! that high is the hate they have installed and the prove is the reality. Hi Abraham, I think what KS is saying is that the likes of say, Mesfin Hagos and Andeberhan W., were the right hand men of IA and PFDJ for many years. As far as this problem is not solved leaders like Mesfin Hagos and Andebrhan W/Gergish will come. Unfortunately we know what their leadership role produced. And when they come in the leadership position, they will have a negative impact to the true justice we are looking for. It will because they will suppress the voice of the voiceless people. Mesfin Hagos's speech is an important lesson on how justice can be suppressed or kept as a pending issue. Read the exchange between T.T and KS about Mesfin Hagos and his group activities since Eritrean Independence. Thank you Mesfin Hagos if innocent should disclose each and every piece of malice(if any?) which occured during and after independence struggle and if gulty he should ask the people of eritrea for mercy. which court is he waiting for? As i followed his interviews ,he always goes round and round to answer questions for example if he was asked "was A murdered? he would respond by half an hour rhetorical bla bla until you forget what you have asked and at the end he would answer "B was not murdred" B?? For a person who shifted from pfdj to the oppositon the reason as to why he would not disclose the malice ,could be because the malice may bear his handprints.
EPLF fighters were outlaws; Mesfin Hagos's group (EPDP) are PFDJ sympathizers; the people of Hamassien are PFDJ supporters, etc).
Subsequently, for alleged crimes committed by Mesfin Hagos, the entire EPDP members are implicated; never mind the fundamental legal premise of innocent until proven guilty, because in EPLF's/PFDJ's political culture, the targets are often treated as guilty until proven innocent. Then they will be either killed or ostracized from communities before they can even get a chance to prove their innocence). In the same manner, the people of Hamasien have been incriminated for crimes committed by Isaias and/or Wuchu; the 110,000 EPLF soldiers have been put under the category of Shefatu for the crimes the EPLF leaders have potentially committed etc. With regards to Mesfin Hagos, former PFDJ Defense Minister who had defected the regime more than a decade ago has been receiving tremendous hostility and personal attacks from the opposition camps for his previous affiliation with Isaias Afwerki. Mesfin! And we see all EPDP members as Mesfin and suspect all EPDP members as PFDJ sympathizers. 1. Mesfin Hagos & his EDP party ,