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Swiss Reject Ethiopia’s Request to Extradite Co-Pilot

Co-pilot Hailemedhin brought world and media attention towards the gross human rights abuses, brutal killings and the daily party bureaucracy and institutional racism within the Ethiopian Airlines by hi-jacking his own plane
Co-pilot Hailemedhin brought world and media attention towards the gross human rights abuses, brutal killings and the daily party bureaucracy and institutional racism within the Ethiopian Airlines by hi-jacking his own plane

By Abreha Belay,

THE Swiss government has rejected Ethiopia’s request to extradite a co-pilot who had hijacked an airliner last February.

Hailemedhin Abera, 30, hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane that was on an Addis Ababa-Rome route and landed it safely in the Swiss city, thereby requesting a political asylum. The 202 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 767 plane were not harmed.  Continue reading Swiss Reject Ethiopia’s Request to Extradite Co-Pilot

Ethiopia Fires Flight Operations VP over Hijacked Plane

Ethiopian Airlines: An institution whereby loyalty to ruling party pays off over competence

By Abraha Belay,

Ethiopian Airlines has fired its Flight Operations VP, Captain Desta Zeru (ethnic Amhara), a veteran pilot who flew the first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing in the US to the Ethiopian capital in August 2012.

Captain Desta is believed to have been fired over the hijacking of a passenger aircraft in February by a co-pilot who landed the plane in Geneva and sought asylum there.

Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam (ethnic Tigrai) has now appointed Captain Yohannes Hailemariam (ethnic Tigrai), a 30-year flight veteran.  Continue reading Ethiopia Fires Flight Operations VP over Hijacked Plane

“Co-Pilot Hijacked Plane to Expose Brutal Rule in Ethiopia” – Cousin

Bold political Statement. Co-pilot Hailemedhin brought world and media attention towards the gross human rights abuses, brutal killings and displacement of his ethnic Amhara groups by the minority led Ethiopian regime; as well as for hundreds of his colleagues who suffer daily with party bureaucracy and institutional racism within the Ethiopian Airlines

By Abraha Belai

Amid a flurry of government propaganda to label the hijacker of an Ethiopian Airlines plane a mental patient, a family member of the co-pilot says her cousin was an activist who has been resentful of the brutal rule in Ethiopia.

Speaking to the Ethiopian Satellite TV (ESAT) by phone on Wednesday, a female cousin of co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn, who landed the passenger airliner in Geneva early on Monday and sought asylum there, said the measure was politically motivated, and not any other reason.  Continue reading “Co-Pilot Hijacked Plane to Expose Brutal Rule in Ethiopia” – Cousin