Ethiopian Official: Yemen to Issue Extradition Warrant for Andargachew Tsige
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Andargachew Tsige, secretary general of Ginbot 7, a US and Europe based political organization designated by the Ethiopian government as terrorist, will face extradition, a senior Ethiopian official who asked for anonymity told Awramba Times.
Andargachew, an Ethiopian-born British national, was arrested on June 23, 2014, at Sanaa’s El Rahaba International Airport, by Yemeni intelligence officers, while en route to undisclosed destination.
Andargachew, second-in-command of Ginbot 7, is widely considered to be the architect of the organization’s “all inclusive strategy” which was primarily designed to unseat the government in Addis ababa by all posible means. He was given a death sentence in absentia, along with the organization chairman Berhanu Nega (PhD) for his alleged role in the 2009 subtle attempt to overthrow the Ethiopian Government.
The senior Ethiopian official whom Awramba Times spoke to, said “Yemeni authorities will definitely issue an extradition warrant and he will face justice based on the Ethio-Yemeni Security Pact (EYSP), which was signed in 1999 between the late Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi and Yemeni’s former president Ali Abdela Salah”
According to (EYSP), the two states are determined to, inter alia, “jointly engage any third party that attempts to destabilize the long-standing brotherly and historic ties between the two countries, and not to harbor elements seeking to destabilize the other’s peace and stability.”
On its official statement, issued June 30, 2014, Ginbot 7 condemned the arrest of its leader and harshly warned both Ethiopia and Yemen to retaliate by all means at its disposal.
“We will retaliate in any way and at any place for any harm on the body, sprit and life of Andargachew Tsigie” the statement added.
Yemeni Ambassador to Ethiopia, Dirhim Abdo Noaman was not immediately available for comment.