A campaign to free and return to UK a British father Andargachew "Andy" Tsege who was kidnapped on 23rd June 2014 while in-transit in Yemen International airport and rendered to Ethiopia. He is still in illegal detention in Ethiopia! He is a man who is advocating democratic government in Ethiopia.
Free our dad! Children demand action at Downing Street protest Reviewed by Yehaile on . By KOOS COUVÉE Published on Islington Tribune, Friday 12th February 2016 THE family of a Holloway man being held as a political prisoner in his native Ethiopia By KOOS COUVÉE Published on Islington Tribune, Friday 12th February 2016 THE family of a Holloway man being held as a political prisoner in his native Ethiopia Rating: 0
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Free our dad! Children demand action at Downing Street protest

By KOOS COUVÉE

Published on Islington Tribune, Friday 12th February 2016

THE family of a Holloway man being held as a political prisoner in his native Ethiopia were joined by supporters and ­ cam­paigners at a vigil in Westminster on Tuesday.

They lit candles and sang Happy Birthday outside 10 Downing Street to mark the 61st birthday of father-of-three Andy Tsege, a British national and democracy campaigner who has long been a critic of the Ethiopian regime. He was sentenced to death in absentia by an Ethiopian court in 2009 for “conspiring to commit terrorist acts”.

Mr Tsege’s children, Menabe and Yilak, both 8, and Helawit, 16, presented representatives of the Prime Minister with a petition signed by more than 128,000 people calling on the government to demand Mr Tsege’s return to the UK. He has been held in detention since he was rendered by the Yemeni authorities in July 2014 and there are no signs the Ethiopians are following any kind of legal process.

The children, who live in Clerkenwell with their mother Yemi Hailemariam, have not seen their father for a year-and-a-half.

Kids at the Candle Vigil

At the vigil, activist Zelaleam Tessema said: “Andy was abducted from an airport and taken in captivity to a country Britain is happy to do business with, day in day out, and pay out £750m of taxpayers’ money to bankroll and under­write repression in that part of the world.

“David Cameron, if you are on the side of justice, liberty and freedom, act now and free Andy, a British citizen, held captive for more than 600 days.”

Islington Community Theatre has produced a film in which the children tell their father what he has missed since his last birthday. It was posted on YouTube this week.

In the video, Yilak speaks of going trick-or-treating in Highbury, Menabe tells her father she has become a “great cook” while Helawit gives her father the news that she passed her GCSEs.

Islington South MP Emily Thornberry handed in the petition with the children and former Town Hall chief Catherine West, now the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green.

In December, Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond wrote to the Ethiopians requesting that they set out a timetable for the legal process.

• Additional reporting by Nadia Carrier Solomon.

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