GONDAR PRISON FIRE UPDATE 2: TPLF regime admits 17 lives were lost & a prisoner was shot escaping

2 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

We knew from the outset, what the TPLF regime would say about the Gondar maximum-security prison would be a lie. The fire did not cause much damage and no life was lost was the first explanation they announced on their media, citing as its source Commander Hassan Shifa, Chief of the Bahta Maximum-Security Prison.

It is a foregone conclusion that, since lying is an official habit and trade secret, Commander Shifa would not be investigated for his blatant lies – even after, by the regime’s latest admission, 17 lives were lost. Nor would the TPLF care to bring about investigation into the deaths of these people, especially the number of prisoners it shot alleging that they were escapees.

Not surprisingly, when the whole of Ethiopia began talking about the unfair loss of lives in prison, within a few hours the regime edited its story and now admitted correctness of what has so far been reported by citizen journalists and ESAT.

The only thing it could be forthcoming is about the number of those consumed by the fire, whether prison guards and security forces shot and killed most of them.

What would be the fate of Commander Hassan Shifa, the prison commander, who has given the first lies to the Ethiopian people?

Hereunder is the latest news report, released by the regime:

    አዲስ አበባ ፣ ህዳር 22 ፣ 2008 (ኤፍ.ቢ.ሲ) በጎንደር ከተማ በሚገኘው የሰሜን ጎንደር ዞን ማረሚያ ቤቶች መምርያ ወይም በተለምዶ ባታ ማረሚያ ቤት ላይ ትናንት በደረሰው የእሳት አደጋ ምክንያት የሰው ሀይወት መጥፋቱን ፖሊስ ገለፀ።

    የአማራ ክልል ፖሊስ ኮሚሽን እና የጎንደር ከተማ ፖሊስ መምሪያ ዛሬ በሰጡት መግለጫ ትናንት ቀን 7:00 ሰዓት ገደማ በማረሚያ ቤቱ በደረሰው የእሳት አደጋ ምክንያት የ17 ሰዎች ህይወት ጠፍቷል።

    እንደ ፖሊስ መግለጫ ከሟቾች መካከል 16 ሰዎች በአደጋው ወቅት በተፈጠረ ጭንቅንቅና ግርግር ተረጋግጠው ህይወታቸው ያለፈ ሲሆን፥ አንድ ታራሚ ግን አደጋው የፈጠረውን ግርግር በመጠቀም ሊያመልጥ ሲል በተወሰደ እርምጃ በጥይት ህይወቱ አልፏል።

    ፖሊስ ቀደም ሲል በማረሚያ ቤቱ ውስጥ የነበሩ ታራሚዎችን ወደ አዲስ ማረሚያ ቤት እንዲዛወሩ መደረጉን አስታውቋል።

    ከተማዋም በአሁኑ ወቅት ተረጋግታ ወደ መደበኛ ስራዋ መመለሷን ነው ያመለከተው።

    የማረሚያ ቤቱ ሃላፊው ኮማንደር ሰይድ ሀሰን ለፋና ብሮድካስቲንግ ኮርፖሬት እንደተናገሩት፥ በማረሚያ ቤቱ በሚገኝ የእደ ጥበብ ማሰልጠኛ ክፍል ውስጥ በተነሳ ድንገተኛ እሳት ነው አደጋው የተከሰተው።

    የአደጋው መንስኤ እየተጣራ መሆኑንም ፖሊስ በመግለጫው አስታውቋል።


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