Everyone knows Meles Zenawi does not have respect for law, even the law TPLF designed. In 2005 He appointed TEN supreme court judges to adjudicate the massacre against Ethiopians protesting on rigged election and random civilians walking about and some playing on the street. On the first round of vote amongst the judges, eight (non-tigryan) said the Meles Zenawi used excessive force, which resulted in the murder of over 200 civilians some for protesting, others walking about and few playing. By the way, two of the judges that voted to absolve AGAZI sharpshooters were Tigryan, and the other eight were Ethiopian. Meles was so ANGRY he told them to go back and discuss the judgment again.
The judges were confused, they were told to give their impartial verdict based on the evidence, and now they are told to go back and re-think their verdict!? Some of them were very offended and felt their free conscience was being undermined to fit some rebel's idea of justice. To give another outcome on the view of a leader made them feel very uncomfortable. However, since they do not carry guns and they are ordered to do it again by the head of the rebel group ruling Ethiopia, they had do it or they would be found in some ditch sleeping drunk with blood coming out of their nose and mouth. The method used to kill prominent Ethiopians and blame it on personal character, such as drunken.
The vote was held after weeks of debate and rebuttal, the second time around, after discussing the issue expensively -AGAIN-, they come back with a vote, and this time six of them gave identical verdict as before but two of them changed their vote to suit the request. This time, there was a new order injected in the path to release the vote result. They said, since this is a national issue it must go through the Parliament before the result was released for the public, TPLF had to approve it, but they refused to give it a rubber stamp, and send the judges to go back and do it for the third time. This time they were all given individual visitation at their private homes by a squad of TPLF Agazi soldiers.Some of the senior judges realized what this mean, and they buckled and gave in to the expected outcome, others run away to neighboring countries. A third vote was not held but a result was released. A TPLF censoring committee stamped letter comes to the media. The result read: After considerable and contentious debate Eight judges agreed the government did not use excessive force to safe guard the constitution. Whatever that means.
By then there was no media to interview the judges, nor were there anyone to rebuttal the "new verdict." Five of the judges that voted against Meles Zenawi at the beginning of the adjudication were told to retire, and the three had left the country. The two Tigryan judges were given additional power to oversee justice in Ethiopia.