Teddy Afro released
The Ethiopian Television has just announced that popular singer Teddy Afro has been released from Kaliti jail at 6 PM today after serving 16 months of a two-year sentence.
“I would like to express my respect and gratitude to all the people of our country,” Teddy told ETV after his release.
“I was able to meet many good people in prison, from the lowest-ranking policemen to the highest administrator. I had a nice time. My relations with other prisoners were also good,” he said.
His mother Tilaye Aragie was relieved and excited at his release.
“Teddy is at home. It is good news today,” she told reporters.
It was revealed that Teddy headed to his mother’s house found in St. Gabriel Church in Haya Hulet area right after his release.
After his arrival, the house was filled to capacity with fans, friends and members of his family celebrating his release.Renowned athlete Haile Gebreselassie whom Teddy eulogized in one of his song was one of the first people to show up at the house.
Singer Kuku Sebsebie, a long-time friend and admirer of Teddy, was also there.
The singer was first sentenced a six-year on December 5, 2008 but the term was later cut to two years.
Teddy has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of a young man in hit and run accident, a charge many of his fans believe was politically motivated.
As news of his release spread, Teddy Afro’s songs are being heard in many parts of Addis.