Killer of Ethiopia army chief Seare Mekonen sentenced to life in prison

Chief General Sere Mekonen

The cover of the Ethiopian newspaper 'Addis Zaman', depicts the portraits of the deceased Chief General Seare Mekonen (left), Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Forces, and Ambachew Mekonen, President of the Ahmara Region, in Addis Ababa, on June 24, 2019.

Photo credit: Eduardo Soteras | AFP

Addis Ababa,

The anti-terror and constitutional affairs bench of the Ethiopian Federal High Court on Monday sentenced the killer of the east African country's former army chief to life imprisonment.

Ethiopia's late army chief, Seare Mekonen, was killed by his bodyguard Mesfin Tigabu on June 22, 2019, as part of what Ethiopian authorities described as a coordinated effort to destabilize the government.

The Ethiopian government at the time accused Amhara region security chief, Asaminew Tsige, of masterminding an abortive coup to destabilize the country.

The failed coup attempt also left several other senior government officials dead, including Amhara region president Ambachew Mekonen and Attorney General of the Amhara region Migbaru Kebede.

Tsige, who went into hiding soon after the assassinations, was killed several days later in a "shootout."

The coup attempt also triggered a 10-day internet blackout throughout Ethiopia as the government launched a nationwide crackdown, mainly in the Amhara region and the capital, Addis Ababa.


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