The law is our shield – Abebe Gellaw

February 26, 2013

by Abebe Gellaw

Around two weeks ago, a few members of Ethiopian Current Affairs Discussion Forum (ECADF) Paltalk room members took the initiative of donating money for the legal actions I am to take in earnest against criminal TPLF thugs that have been violating our civil rights guaranteed under U.S. laws and constitutions.

In Ethiopia, TPLF agents are above the law; they are untouchable no matter what they do. Those who have killed, Abebe Gellaw, There is no small fight for justice.maimed, tortured and jailed so many innocent citizens are walking free. Some of these dangerous agents and operatives of the criminal regime come to the United States and Europe seeking refuge and political asylum under false pretense that they were being persecuted by the TPLF. Then they turn against other Ethiopians. They spy, intimidate, threaten and attack anyone vocal against TPLF’s criminal regime. What I have been subjected to for exercising my civil rights is probably unprecedented in terms of intensity and degree but definitely not unique as so many others have silently endured these kinds of criminality.

We have two options even in the land of the free. We can either endure the criminality of the thugs and terrorists that are out to silence us or confront them in a language they understand better. The legal recourse is of course the most powerful and effective option. In countries where the rule of law is sacrosanct and fully guaranteed, the law is the best shield we have at our disposal against the terrorist and thugs that have already chased us away from our beloved country.

Where there is crime, there is punishment. Having good lawyers to deal with complex crimes committed in various jurisdictions is a must. While pressing criminal charges is necessary, civil litigations will also be part of the push for justice so that those responsible will feel the pains of their criminal behaviors and actions. To that end, we will hire at least two lawyers, one in Europe and another one in the United States, where most of the multiple crimes have been committed.

I am very grateful that some Ethiopians have willingly supported this cause. Since we have started soliciting contributions a week ago, a little over $5000 (as of February 24th) has been collected. The amount is still far less than our target. But we do hope that we will raise sufficient funds in the coming few weeks.

Those who have donated confirmed, as much as I do, that we should not silently ignore criminal attacks, persecution and threats similar to what the people of Ethiopia have to endure routinely. We should do what we can afford collectively.

I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank all who have already denoted for this campaign against our tormentors. Your support is very much appreciated.

I should also point out that anyone who has donated can demand financial report at any time to ensure that the money collected for this cause is spent appropriately. We will account for every dime spent.

There is no small fight for justice. Every violation of civil rights must be challenged. A criminal attack and persecution against one is an attack against all.

In case anyone would like to add small contributions, please use one of the following methods.

  1.  To donate online through Paypal use the following link Click Here
  2. Deposit at any Wells Fargo branch AG Legal Fund, Acc. No. 3525090746.
  3. Deposit through any Bank of America branch AG Legal Fund, Acc. No. 485010192701
  4.  Wire money from any other branches to AG Legal Fund, Acc. No. 3525090746, ABA 121000248.
  5.  To transfer money from banks outside of the US: AG Legal Fund Acc. No. 3525090746 SWIFT- WFBIUS6S.
  6.  It is also possible to use Western Union to transfer your donations using one of the bank details above.

For further information, please call (001) 5718829882 or email us at: ethlegalfund@gmail.com

Note to potential donors: This appeal is only for those who believe in our cause for justice and freedom. We do not appreciate donations for the sake of donating. Only donate to causes worth supporting.

I thank so much again! Together we can make a difference.  Should you wish progress report, please check file below.

Progress report

http://addisvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/agfr.pdf

4 Responses to The law is our shield – Abebe Gellaw

  1. Aradaw

    March 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    We have so many journalist from Abebe Gelaw to particularly Araya who recently talked on Esat yesamentu Weg about the crimes committed by TPLF cadres. Araya was talking on Sunday about Bisrat Amare and his crime while he was one of the TPLF leaders. He mentioned gruesome and in-human tortures committed by Bisrat Amare and he mentioned he will expose the crime with proof. I am just wondering how these criminals live and enjoy freedom and life here in America . This is an open letter to Mr. Araya, to use all the legal means to expose what you know. You owe to Ethiopian people and you owe to your children and children of Ethiopia. If you have the information you mentioned on ESAT last Sunday, your information must be provided to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Do you remember the Derg cadre from Denver, how a gallant Ethiopian exposed him and brought his to justice. I think Mr. Araya can contact human right lawyers and provide the information of the crimes to human right lawyers and they will be on the case and bring him to face his crime. This will be a great lesson to all who committed crimes and think they will live free hiding their crime and deed. We all have to work together to come forward with and provide any information we have or witnessed. Silence will not help peace loving people. Silence only help criminals to continue with their deed unpunished and in the mean time a lot of innocent people will suffer. It is okay to talk in public but bringing criminals to justice in crucial and it is the best way to stop these criminals from torturing innocent people.
    If a prison Guard named Kefalegne Alemu can be brought to justice, believe me there are others who did gruesome crimes and hiding here. Let us expose them, provide all the information we know, let lawyers determine if it valid or not. It is the duty of all Ethiopians to expose criminals among us and bring peace and justice to our people.

  2. Selamawit Solomon

    March 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Abe Wendme

    you made history on that may 12/2012 you become a voice for the millions of Silenced Ethiopians by the late tyrrant Meles Zenawi

    Thank you bro

  3. Emmye Menelik

    February 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    We will walk every step of ups and downs with you as we march towards a free and just Ethiopian. Sustainable financial contribution is one part of it as we walk the talk. Thanks for your hard work. Blessings. EM

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