British law authorizes the arrest of Ethiopia’s dictator

Elias Kifle | March 16th, 2009

On the invitation of British prime minister Gordon Brown, Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi — also known as the “butcher of Addis” — is currently visiting the United Kingdom. Meles will make another trip to London on April 20 next month to participate in the G20 meeting.

This is a good opportunity for Ethiopians in Europe and human rights groups to file charges of torture and war crimes against Meles Zenawi, since there is a tone of evidence against him.

Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 of U.K. authorizes the prosecution in Britain of any person who commits an act of torture anywhere in the world, as defined in the UN Convention Against Torture 1984, which Britain has ratified and pledged to enforce.

Under Section 24 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, ordinary citizens have the power to arrest a person who has committed a crime.

EPPF, Ginbot 7, ONLF and other Ethiopian opposition forces have a strong presence in London. The genocidal dictator is coming to a place where they can outgun him using the U.K. law as their weapon. Go after him.

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