Teddy Afro awaits verdict
A verdict in Teddy Afro’s case will be delivered on November 2, the court deciding whether the popular singer will walk away as free man or spend ten to fifteen years in prison. The trial at the federal high court eight criminal benches today has been adjourned since November 2, 2008 when the three-judge panel retired to consider its verdict.
Four witnesses were present, but only two testified. One, Constable Kebede Weyssa said he was on duty on November 2, in the night shift. The other, a Cuban doctor who went back last week without testifying because of questions about his translator, did testify today with the help Zeleke Belay, a translator from the Cuban Embassy. The doctor was asked by the court if it is possible to determine the date on which the person died. He responded by saying that it is possible to do that in his home country where there is the technology but not in Ethiopia.
Teddy’s lawyer, Million Asefa wrapped up his closing arguments by pointing out inconsistencies in the testimony of prosecution witness and the information on the death certificates and findings of the medical examiner. Million argued the reason given why there was 13-days delays to investigate the vehicle, that the singer disappeared, was not true, as was he was detained and questioned then.
People are eagerly awaiting the judgment for the case which is widely believed to have a political overtone.