– The founder and leader of the opposition Ethiopian Democratic Party, Lidetu Ayalew, was again not allowed to travel to the USA. Yesterday Lidetu was brought back from Ethiopian Airlines Airport, where he was told that court orders had banned travel.
In early March, Lidetu was prevented from leaving the country by the court despite evidence of an acquittal. Lidetu was charged with attempting to forcibly dismantle the constitutional order until the Oromia Supreme Court, East Shewa Permanent Bench, released him in mid-March.
Addis Standard received Lidetu’s medical report from October 2020 by the Ethiopian diaspora Human Rights Advocacy Group. In the letter, the doctor warned of the potential for a life-threatening episode if treatment was not carried out as soon as possible. On his previous attempt to travel to the US, he was told a month ago that he could not leave the country due to “orders from above”.
Lidetu’s lawyer, Mohamed Jima, told Addis Standard that this time the immigration authorities have banned his trip. “He was brought back from the last checkpoint after receiving a boarding pass and sent his luggage through. But he had to return and his passport was confiscated, ”Mohammed concluded.