On 24 March 1559 Muslim forces led by Nur Ibn Mujahid, the nephew of Gragn Mohammed killed Atse Gelawdeos and avenged the death of his uncle who was killed by Gelawdeos’s forces 16 years ago.
Brigadier General Mengistu Neway who was commander of the Imperial Body Guard and who together with his brother Germame Neway, led an unsuccessful coup against Emperor Haile Selassie was hanged on March 30, 1960in public market after two days Haile Selassie appointed Court ordered for him to be hanged. When the General was told to appeal after the sentencing, he refused and said the following:
“..I shall not appeal, and am quite satisfied… Truly, because some people have died on my account, I feel a certain sorrow, but had God been willing a *coup* would have come about sooner or later… I did all this for the sake of the Ethiopian people and I pray that God [will hold the judgement in His hand]… As to my death, I have been prepared to die since the 4th Tahsas, 1953 [December 13, 1960], and I am quite unmoved that this Court has sentenced me to death…”
To watch a documentary film on this subject as well as to listen to sound recording of the court proceedings including the voice of General Mengistu presenting defending argument go to Wemezekir blog.
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