Family of Brit activist on death row in Ethiopia slam Foreign Office for not doing enough to save the dad-of-three
Dissident Andy Tsege was sentenced to death for being part of the political opposition and kidnapped in 2014 while travelling to Eritrea
THE family of a Brit activist facing the death sentence in Ethiopia have slammed the Foreign Office for not doing enough to free him after spending a third Christmas without him.
Father-of-three Andargachew, known as Andy Tsege was kidnapped in June 2014 and held in secret detention for more than a year after being sentenced to death in 2009 for being part of the political opposition.
But as he continues to languish in an African jail, his family living in Islington, London, have desperately appealed for his release, blasting the Foreign Office for not doing more.
In a heartfelt letter to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Tobias Ellwood, Andy’s partner Yemi Hailemariam wrote: “I don’t have to explain how heartbroken we are, and how the life of our family has been turned upside down in the last two years.
Andy remains in an Ethiopian prison with a death sentence hanging over his head
“Spending a third Christmas without Andy was particularly difficult for us.”
Andy, who was a political dissident during his time in Ethipoia, was granted political asylum in the UK in 1979 and has lived in Britain since then.
He was abducted in June 2014 while travelling to visit Eritrea before being moved to the Kality prison outside Addis Abiba.
Yemi went on, saying: “You say that seeking Andy’s release could ‘jeopardise the progress’ made on his case; but from where I am standing, there has been very little progress.
“Andy is still held under sentence of death, and the Ethiopian Prime Minister has said it is not possible to appeal this sentence – meaning the FCO’s focus on finding Andy a lawyer has no hope of ending his ordeal.
“The Ethiopian Government has still faced no real challenge to its outrageous actions in his case.”
She said that she had been “disappointed” in the apparent lack of working to secure her husband’s release, with her now raising teen daughter Holly and twins Menabe and Yilak, alone.