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Office of the Patriarch Loses 'Defamation' Charge Against Journalist

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Federal First Instance Kirkos Second Jury Criminal Court has ruled out that there was no defamatory remarks against the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

The Office of the Patriarch filed a charge against Firew Abebe, Editor in Chief of Sendek, Amharic Weekly Newspaper, which said to have “printed a defamation article wrote by Diakon Daniel Kibret against the Patriarch Abune Matiyas on volume 551”.

The Patriarch Office asked on its charge asked the journalist to pay 100 thousand Birr for the moral damage the Patriarch suffered.

Office of the Patriarch Loses 'Defamation' Charge Against Journalist

Patriarch file a charge against Firew Abebe, Editor in Chief of Sende

Firew, on previous court hearing denied the allegations and summoned his defense that “Teklay Betekihnet is not in a position to accuse me by representing the Patriarch”, which was accepted by the court. Therefore, the court verdict ruled that the charge must be specific. The court adjourned the case to April 25

That doesn’t however helped the Patriarch Office to win the case. Judge Yosiyad Abeje has ruled out its verdict of close to 15 pages that “the journalist has not made any defamation against the Patriarch, therefore there is no need to pay a compensation and he is free”.