Ethiopia: Defense Ministry "Pilot Hijacked Military Helicopter to Eritrea"

Addis Ababa (HAN) December 24, 2014 – Public diplomacy and the Horn of Africa related Security issues. The Ethiopian Defense Ministry charges that a pilot hijacked to Eritrea an attack helicopter which went missing a few days ago.

In a statement issued late Monday the ministry said the pilot of the Ethiopian attack helicopter forced his co-pilot and technician to land in Eritrean territory.

The helicopter was conducting a routine training flight when it disappeared on Friday morning, prompting a massive military search across northern Ethiopia.

It’s unusual for Ethiopian army personnel to flee to Eritrea though Eritrean troops often across the border into Ethiopia, citing harsh conditions and forced conscription into the military.

Relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia have been consistently strained since Eritrea gained its independence from the Addis Ababa government in 1993 following a 30-year of ELF and EPLF  guerrilla war against Haille Selassie and Mengistu Haille mariam.

 

photo: Ethiopian army officers during training


 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Merry Christmas to all my Eritrean brothers, sisters, kids’ moms and dads where ever you are. When we are celebrating the birth of our savior JESUS CHRIST who became the sacrificial lamb for our sin, I wish you peace, joy and health and I hope you are celebrating it surrounded with your family friends and neighbors.
    When we are celebrating this beautiful holly day I know that thousands of our Eritreans are living in agony, pain, and desperation because of a heartless cold blooded regime led by a murderer ISAYAS AFEWORKI and his criminal thugs.
    I pray that.
    1- God give us the courage and UNITY so we expedite the demise of the murderer, thief, and criminal regime of ISAYAS AFEWORKI.
    2- God give joy, inner peace and health to thousands of our brothers and sisters in prison so they come out and witness the punishment of the criminals (hopefully hanging of the criminals).
    3- God give strength, joy and health for thousands of our youngsters in Sinai desert, Israel, Sudan, all over Europe and for those in transition.
    4- I pray that God give strength and health to our sisters and brothers who are working day and night sacrificing their time, energy and money to bring UNITY among our people and to end one man rule, tyranny, killing, dictatorship crime against our people and expedite the final days of the criminal murderer, ISAYAS AFEWORKI and his gangsters.
    Finally I pray that God opens up the hearts and minds of our delusional Eritrean brothers and sisters so they see the pain, grief and agony imposed by the criminal gangsters against our people and have the courage to unite with the rest of their people to end SLAVERY, MURDER, JAIL, TYRANY, DICTATORSHIP and crime against humanity.
    OUR UNITY IS OUR SRENGTH. God bless and have a Merry Christmas.

  2. My dear Eritrean brothers and sisters this was part of our beautiful 1997 constitution which would secure our human dignity and wouldn’t allow killing, murder, jail, slavery, tyranny and dictatorship and wouldn’t allow a criminal murderer ISAYAS AFEWORKI be the law and the judge and the owner of our country and our people, but as a nation we FAILED to ratify it by force. Thank you DR BEREKET HABTESILASE and the rest of you TRUE ERITREANS for drafting this monumental constitution. It will not be too long before we ratify it.

    Article 15 – Right to Life and Liberty

    1. No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law.

    2. No person shall be deprived of liberty without due process of law.

    Article 16 – Right to Human Dignity

    1. The dignity of all persons shall be inviolable.

    2. No person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    3. No person shall be held in slavery or servitude nor shall any person be required to perform forced labor not authorized by law.

    Article 17 – Arrest, Detention and Fair Trial

    1. No person may be arrested or detained save pursuant to due

    process of law.

    2. No person shall be tried or convicted for any act or omission

    which did not constitute a criminal offence at the time when it

    was committed.

    3. Every person arrested or detained shall be informed of the

    grounds for his arrest or detention and of the rights he has in

    connection with his arrest or detention in a language he

    understands.

    4. Every person who is held in detention shall be brought before

    a court of law within forty-eight (48) hours of his arrest, and

    if this is not reasonably possible, as soon as possible thereafter, and no such person shall be held in custody beyond

    such period without the authority of the court.

    5. Every person shall have the right to petition a court of law for

    a Writ of Habeas Corpus. Where the arresting officer fails to bring the person arrested before the court and provide the reason for his arrest, the court shall accept the petition and

    order the release of the prisoner.

    6. Every person charged with an offence shall be entitled to a fair, speedy and public hearing by a court of law; provided,

    however, that such a court may exclude the press and the public from all or any part of the trial for reasons of morals or national security, as may be necessary in a just and

    democratic society.

    7. A person charged with an offence shall be presumed to be innocent, and shall not be punished, unless he is found guilty by a court of law.

    8. Where an accused is convicted, he shall have the right to appeal. No person shall be liable to be tried again for any criminal offence on which judgement has been rendered.

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