The defendants on Jawar Mohammed’s file informed the Lideta division of the Federal Court of Justice, First Constitutional and Anti-Terrorism Bench, that they will no longer appear in court to follow their hearing. 21 of the 24 defendants on the file announced that they would be participating in the three-day fast that the people of Tigray have been observing since yesterday. The 21 defendants who appeared in court today spoke out against mass murders and injustices in Tigray and across Oromia by offering a one-minute prayer in honor of the victims.
Lideta Branch, First Constitutional and Anti-Terrorism Bench Federal Court today saw the defendants’ case in Jawar Mohammed’s file. The court was supposed to hold the hearing related to the conduct of the witness hearing referred by the Federal Court of Justice, 2nd appellate instance, on May 19, 2021.
The defendants presented themselves with their written motions detailing the misconduct in the judicial system that led them to apply for a two-year appointment pending the next hearing. At the last hearing, the defendants asked the court to postpone their hearing until after the election. Jawar Mohammed, the first defendant on the file, said: “Our trials should continue after the election. You can also postpone the hearing until 2023 or 2025. “
The defendants cited the case of many other detainees who, despite a court order for their release, are being held in police custody. In the letter, the defendants recalled incidents such as the execution of detainees, ill-treatment of detainees and extrajudicial killings, while praising the court’s efforts to uphold the rights of suspects. The defendants pointed out what they called the inability of law enforcement agencies to say, “We no longer believe that court orders are recognized by law enforcement agencies.” The letter says: “If the country finds peace after the elections in two years, we will ask the court to postpone our hearing until then.” Court that after receiving the order to hold the hearing before the Federal Supreme Court, it did not prepare for today’s hearing to hold the witness hearing. The court ordered the prosecutor to submit the threats he alleged in writing against his witnesses by June 7, 2021. The court announced an alternate appointment for June 17, 2021 to make a decision on the matter.