Judges frustrated by 6-year battle in U.S. courts between Ethiopian billionaire and exiled journalist

Three lawsuits have been filed by Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi and his partner Jemal Ahmed in London and Atlanta since 2010 against an exiled Ethiopian journalist costing of over $1 million in legal fees so far. The case in Atlanta still rages on with no end in sight. Both sides are represented by high-powered attorneys who are locked in a drawn-out legal fight.

ATLANTA (COURTHOUSE NEWS) – Voicing some fatigue with the long-running defamation suit, the 11th Circuit grappled Friday with the appeal by an Ethiopian blogger who wants to be reinstated as a defendant.

“This case is almost as old as I am,” Judge Richard Goldberg joked to laughs in the Atlanta federal appeals court in Atlanta.

Normally on the bench at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York, Goldberg was on a three-judge panel this morning to hear an appeal in a libel case filed six years ago by Ethiopian billionaire Jemal Ahmed against a blog called the Ethiopian Review and its publisher… CONTINUE READING