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Lawyer joins Teddy Afro in prison

Teddy Afro’s lawyer joined the singer in Kaliti prison after he was tried and sentenced to 50 days prison terms. The federal high court’s eighth criminal bench that convened this morning found Million Assefa guilty on charges of contempt of court.

The arrest of Teddy’ lawyer alongside with a newspaper editor two days ago has added new touches of drama to the popular singer’s trial that captured nationwide interest.

The lawyer was arrested for an allegedly causing offense in a story published in Addis Neger two weeks ago that he wasn’t happy with the way the judge handled his client’s trial, saying he has sided with the prosecutor and is intending to lodge complaints against him at the country’s judicial administration council.

The editor-in-chef of the Amharic weekly, Addis Neger, Mesfin Negash, was freed with a warning. His arrest two days ago drew protest from international press freedom organizations, saying it would violate journalistic freedom.

Teddy Afro who is due to appear in court on October has to look for new lawyer, which some see as a mixed blessing. Many held the view that Million has been doing more harm than good to the imprisoned singer, as shown in a frankly lackluster non-existent defense.

It was a nasty surprise for many when Million in another interview with a weekly paper, Ethio-Channel, months ago chided funs and supporters for cheering the singer around the court area, calling their action “improper disturbances that wouldn’t help the singer in any way “, a statement that Teddy later said didn’t represent him.  

Million is not a popular figure among his colleges either, and is notorious for ridiculing and abusing senior lawyers calling them ‘adharis”(reactionary). Recently, he founded his own bar association consisting only 18 members, disregarding the more established Ethiopian bar association with 1,000 memberships.

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  1. alem
    August 6, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    lol Aref, I love the title . ye Teddy neger ‘ke detu wode matu ‘ hone malet new. Ayy wondemen:(

  2. August 7, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Really? They freed Mesfin? Oh my God. That is such a good news. I was really mad at this government for arresting Mesfin Negash that i was going to “anQiro metfat” it for ever and ever. I’m glad they let him go. He’s my favorite journalist!

  3. Arefe
    August 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    hi, Abesheet,
    It is a good that you raised this point. Seems it needs some clarifications. The court sentenced Mesfin to a month prison term but that would be applicable if he commits a similar criminal within a year.

  4. Hailu
    August 8, 2008 at 11:07 am

    This verdict is scandalous and shocking. Contempt of court is disobedience of, or disrespectful or disorderly conduct in the presence of, any court or legislative body. Examples of criminal contempt committed during a trial are an attorney’s persistence in pursuing a line of questioning that the judge has ruled improper and the refusal of a witness to answer a question despite the judge’s direction. But the ruling in this case does not go in line with the definition. Saying the judge has taken the place of the prosecutor by no means could be considered as contempt of court. It is a view expressed bu an individual that the court could not subscribe but can’t and couldn’t affect court proceedings and perturb the Jude’s mind of state in the case still pending.Million was exercising his basic freedom of expression that judge Leul should protect and guard from any abuse.

  5. Hailu
    August 8, 2008 at 11:08 am

    To respond to other claims concerning about the character of Million,

    His temperament and the way he holds himself in relation to his collogues, or implications about his bond to the ruling party could create a positive or negative vibe for onlookers but they are not raison d’être to implicate him in the alleged crime of court of contempt. Let us put aside whatever conception we have towards this man but stick to this issue at stake, whether justice was done here or not.

  6. April 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    quando a libero la teddi afro?se non libero qwali problem?mi comment perfabore sono zenaye ciao

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