Befeqadu Hailu, a member of the Zone9 bloggers, who was detained by the Ethiopian Command Post for an interview he gave for the VoA Amharic, has reportedly been released today. He was held at a military camp farther South of Addis Abeba since he was seized in his home in home in Addis Abeba on November 10, 2016.
According to a twitter post of another Zone9 blogger, @Zelalemkibret
After 40 days and 39 nights of arbitrary detention, my good friend Befkadu Hailu is released. Thousands remains.
— Zelalem Kibret (@zelalemkibret) December 22, 2016
Another blogger and lecturer at Ambo University, Seyoum Teshome, who was detained on October 1, 2016 has also been released.
Social Media reports have indicated that two other widely known young activists Blen Mesfin and Eyasped Tesfaye have been released after spending over two months under the hands of the Command Post in different military camps for allegedly trespassing the State of Emergency.
Ethiopia yesterday released over 9000 alleged protesters after giving them “training” and making them promise and wear a t-shirt which read “Never again.”