Despite promises of release, rearrested journalists remain in police custody

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(ADDISSTANDARD.COM) – Despite signing on papers offering promises of individual bail on Monday, eleven individuals detained on March 25 remained in jail, families said.

The eleven individuals, including journalists Temesgen Desalegn and Eskendir Nega, were rearrested on Sunday March 25 during a lunch party organized by Temesgen’s mother to celebrate the release of his colleagues and friends. Others who were arrested with them include journalist Zelalem Workagegnehu, opposition politicians Andualem Aragie and Woynishet Molla. The list also includes bloggers and rights activists Mahlet Fantahun and Befekadu Hailu of the Zone 9 blogging group, as well as Yidnekachew Addis, Sintayehu Chekol, Addisu Getaneh and Tefera Tesfaye.

On Monday this week, the eleven were promised to be released by authorities at the Gotera police station, according to family members who are waiting at the police station. The paper they have signed on indicates that if individual detainees could guarantee bail to their co-detainees, they can be released accordingly. The detainees have signed on the papers providing to bail them, but still remained in police custody.

The families were previously told there were no authority which can claim the decision to rearrest the eleven, including the office of the command post, established to oversee the current state of emergency. Families says they are confused and don’t know which authority to ask for clarifications.  Some of the family members are still sitting outside the police station hoping to see the release of their loved ones.

Source: Addis Standard