On 1 October, judges instructed the Federal Attorney General to provide the High Court with a written statement justifying a recent remark to the media, after Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba, two opposition politicians on trial, said their guilt was presumed by his involvement.
At a press conference on 24 September, Gedion Timothewos Hessebon said: “There were hundreds of people who were directly affected by the violence instigated and instigated by these individuals.” We must differentiate between peace and peace.
Jawar and Bekele both denounced Gedion ‘s remarks, while their lawyers lodged a written complaint claiming that they violated the right to a fair trial under Article 14(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Ethiopia, and Article 20 of the Ethiopian Constitution on the right to be presumed innocent. “The declaration endangers the presumption of innocence of the defendants and hinders the fairness and neutrality of decisions that this court can make,” they wrote.
Jawar said: “The Attorney General ‘s declaration is one that discards our presumption of innocence.” Politicians and senior officials of the government , especially the Attorney General, make it seem like our guilt has already been determined. ‘Ultra-nationalist and militant,’ he called us. Not only does this mess with the hearing, but it’s also a threat to my safety. I request that the court summons the Attorney General and hold him accountable for his actions.
Bekele called for the resignation of Gedion: “The Solicitor””Bekele called for the resignation of Gedion:” In a situation where we can not protect ourselves, the Attorney General gave a defamatory statement to international media. This causes us to call his neutrality into question. A crime against the justice system has been committed by him. He has to resign and he can be held accountable by the judge.