Those accused in the killing of Ambachew Mekonnen (Ph.D.), leaders, and security forces of the Amhara Regional State are sentenced to up to 17 years to life in prison, Amhara Regional State Supreme Court announced.
Shambel Memar Getnet, Belaysew Sefinew, and Likinew Yehunie are three of the defendants who are sentenced to life in prison.
18 defendants are sentenced to 16 years and 6 months in prison, 2 defendants to 15 years, 2 defendants to 16 years, 4 defendants to 18 years, and 2 defendants to 17 years in prison. A total of 31 defendants are sentenced in the case.
In an alleged failed coup attempt on 22 June 2019, in Amhara Regional State, Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, the then President of the region, his top adviser Ezez Wassie and the state’s Attorney General Migbaru Kebede were killed in the incident.
On the same night in Addis Ababa, the then Ethiopian army Chief-of-Staff Seare Mekonnen and his friend Major General Gezai Abera were killed at General Seare’s house.
Asaminew Tsige, the then head of Amhara region security forces was allegedly accused by the government of orchestrating the claimed coup and was reportedly executed on the run on June 24, 2019.
The Federal High Court, on June 28, 2021, also sentenced Mesfin Tigabu to serve life in prison for killing General Seare Mekonnen.