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Kindapped Britons released

Posted by African Press International on March 15, 2007

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The five members of the British embassy kidnapped in a remote part of Ethiopia but released from Eritrea on Tuesday arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday evening.

The Britons were kidnapped 12 days ago in Afar region of Ethiopia while on a tour of the salt lakes in the region. The fate of eight Ethiopians who were kidnapped alongside the Britons is still unknown.

The Ethiopian government has welcomed the release of the Britons and appealed for the release of the Ethiopians.

The Britons were welcomed at the Addis Ababa international airport by British embassy staff in Addis Ababa but they were not allowed to talk to the press.

On Wednesday Ethiopia accused the Eritrean government of involvement in the kidnapping of the Britons.

“We have confirmed that the Eritrean government was behind the kidnapping,” the ministry of foreign affairs said.

 

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President Mugabe’s oponent freed

Posted by African Press International on March 15, 2007

Harare (Zimbabwe) Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s trial failed to take place on Wednesday after state prosecutors failed to show up at the magistrate court in the country’s capital of Harare.

A large group of Tsvangirai supporters had gathered outside the courthouse for the 9 am hearing when APA arrived at the courthouse.

The crowd only dispersed after being told that government lawyers would not be coming to court and that the accused would be asked to appear in court “by way of summons.”

All previous cases where the accused have been told they would appear in court by “way of summons” have died a natural death, according to lawyers.

MDC leader Tsvangirai and 49 comrades were arrested Sunday after attempting to stage a political rally in defiance of a government ban on all political gatherings.

The opposition leader, who was severely assaulted while in police custody, was only allowed medical attention Tuesday after winning a court order compelling the police to release him and his supporters.

He was released from custody late Tuesday night.

The police action has been widely condemned by the international community, including the United States, the UN, the European Union, Australia and South Africa.

South Africa has until now maintained the stance that Zimbabweans must be allowed to resolve their internal problems.

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