Former Ethiopian communist party leader and accused genocider Col. Mengistu Hailemariam is wanted in Ethiopia for alleged crimes. He was given protection by former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe after his party the Derg collapsed 30 years ago.
Amid the current situation in Zimbabwe after the removal of Mugabe, the Ethiopian government hopes to extradite Col. Mengistu. In a crusade went for quelling political difference that would progress toward becoming called the “Red Terror,” Mengistu’s organization was claimed to have slaughtered an expected a large portion of a million people, including the last ruler of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie.
After the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) came to control, a court condemned Mengistu to life in jail in absentia. In spite of the fact that the Ethiopian government asked for his removal in 2006, Mugabe supposedly declined to hand over the ex-pioneer, who was at the time his guide on Ethiopia’s security issues.
AP Video from Dec. 22/1982 shows "scenes from the visit of the Ethiopian Head of State Mengistu Haile Mariam to #Zimbabwe where he is greeted by Prime Minister Robert Mugabe & President Canaan Banana." The question of what would happen to Mengistu is what #Ethiopians are asking pic.twitter.com/fI7bdRcrEf
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) November 15, 2017
Yacob Hailemariam, a lawyer based in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and former senior prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, argues, for his part, that there has not been any serious demand made by the Ethiopian government for Mengistu’s extradition. Hailemariam also maintains that authorities in Harare “remain indebted to him [Mengistu] for the liberation of Zimbabwe”.