Journalist Temesgen Desalegn, who has been rearrested last sunday along with ten other here in the capital Addis Abeba, is admitted to Zewditu hospital due to sever back pain he developed during his jail time in recent past, according to family members.
“Temesgen did not have the break he needed to recover from the back pain he developed when he was in Ziway federal prison and was following with treatments after his release,” a family member who was on her way to the hospital told Addis Standard. “I don’t know what he did to deserve this.”
Ten others who are detained with him under the state of emergency are all kept in inside the Gotera police station in “inhuman” condition where around 200 detainees “are packed in a 5 by 8 meter room divided in three sections,” according to a note written and sent out by journalist Eskinder Nega, who was recently released along with hundreds other political prisoners. A hostile police officer at the prison told Addis Standard’s reporter to “not show up again” and “direct all queries to the command post authorities.” […] CONTINUE READING