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Texas Jury: Two Pro-Government Eritreans Guilty Of Assaulting Eritrean Journalist

Gedab News, January, 11, 2012: A Texas jury has found Eritreans Redi Bokhretsion and Yohannes Gebremichael guilty of assaulting Eritrean journalist Tedros Mengistu.

Judge Robin Brown is expected to pass the sentence soon.

The two defendants, who are supporters of Eritrea’s ruling regime, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), were accused by the State of Texas of beating up Tedros Mengistu, an Eritrean refugee journalist who issues a newsletter called Selam, in Houston, Texas.

The incident occurred on May 9, 2010 when Tedros attended a public seminar called by the local PFDJ supporters. The seminar was called to agitate the public and to form an organized opposition against the Security Council Resolution 1907 of Dec. 23, 2009 which imposed arms and travel sanctions on Eritrea for supporting Al Shabab, an insurgent group in Somalia.

PFDJ supporters frequently hold seminars which they call “Hzbawi Mekhete” which means ‘popular defense’ in an Eritrean language, to garner support for the Eritrean government and its action, regardless of its effect on the Eritrean people or on the stability of the region.

Tedros had announced the venue and time of the Houston “Hzbawi Mekhete” seminar in the newsletter that he publishes and he attended the seminar “with the intention of covering the event for the newsletter.”

But since Tedros, an independent journalist, is considered an “opposition”, he said, “the organizers told me to leave the hall because I am not a supporter of the PFDJ.” Tedros didn’t heed the call: “I refused to leave the public meeting because I didn’t do anything that would make them push me out,” he explained.

It was then that the a crowd ganged up on him and dragged him out of the hall, beating and pushing him until his “eye-glasses were broken.” He also said, “the crowd took my notebook and camera.”

Bruised, Tedros was treated at a Houston hospital.

The incident was treated as a criminal offense and the State of Texas pursued the case and brought it to the Harris County Criminal Court where, today, a jury found the two defendants guilty.

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  • shone

    You poor guys act like animals. Wake up you are not in Eritrea, you are in America. In there is a word called democracy. Act like civilized individual. uhhh anyway

  • Gobezai

    Now that these two guys are found guilty , I would suggest to the Texan court that they be sent to Eritrea to spend their jail time there, so that they can serve the government/pfdj that they like more than their compatriots, not disturb the peace in Texas and also have a vacation that they badly need. They have to pay for their trip of course.

  • ali

    our brother tedros dedicated his suffering instead of us & will never be forgtten for this painfull voice which he has given for our people.i hope all this type of outlawleness behaviour & it’s actors being put in consideration soon in USA & EUROPE.my grattitude for you brother tedros

  • Ali

    le holoom ghezie alow belo solmoon tenagrwal. Time is for all.

  • Yonas

    THATS GREAT NEWS “DON’t MESS WITH TEXAS”

  • Sam

    Hey! That is great… Ab Berekatat Sahel zlemedwo ab adi Hgi degimemo.. aymeharu aylbmu! kan kulu gzie dengola!

  • ጽንብላሊዕ

    ምህውታት ከይኣክልስ……..ሃልው’ ኢልካ ምግላብ፣ ምንፋጽ’ወ!!………..ንሓርብኛታት ስነ-ጥበበኛታትና…. ዓዲምካን ብሕቘ ምህራምን ከምኡ ኸኣ ንተበዓት ኣዴታት ኣብ ቅሉዕ ኣደባባይ፣ ፈጊእካ………ዅትሻ…ምምንጣልን ድማ…ጅ ግ ን ነ ት ‘ዩ …ክሕሰብ !!

  • Why he’s attacked? Why? Was he, in the first place welcomed to attend the meeting? If he was not then he should bare the consequences. You guys you’re abusing of this so called “Democracy”, you can’t do,say any xxxxx..thing in my house just ’cause you’re in America, it’s a democratic country and you got to do any xxxx ..thing you want…it’s my house, you’re not invited then you should leave..otherwise i’ve the right to protect my family, my house with whatever means i’ve. Immagine if they’ve killed him and proved that he’s an intruder with the aim of killing innocent people…they could have done it…but it’s the PDFJ that we should blame here, blame ourselves…

    • sorry i mean it’s NOT the PDFJ that we should blame here, blame ourselves

  • wed. garza

    The jungle mentality that breathes the virus of lawlessness in the country and beyond is what we witness throughout the world. We have seen the blind lead supporting demonstrators in Belgium then, supporting the lawless, constitutionless, the budgetless and not least moral-less regim of their making.
    The blood soaked hands of the regime and its supporters will never escape justice. Even, one day their remote controlling leader will certainly have his due in Haag, Holland.
    Until then we need to teach the lawless zombies througout the west. To live in west, is all about: respecting rules and choices.

  • Biniam

    People living in democractic countries but still resorting to violence? A clear manifestation of their ignorance!Why can’t they go to school!

    • wed. garza

      which school Binam? the only school they fit the Sahil mauntain school. Regardless where they live!
      hard to teach a new trick to an old dog!
      more than 80% of those are illiterate, day in and day out chew TV eri’s news, what do you expect from them, poor souls…

  • “መራሕቲ ንቃየር ፣ ኤርትራና ናብ ገነት ክትቅየር”

    ኣሉላ ኣባ ነጋ ተባራበር፣ ኣይተስቅጥ ከም ዘይሰማዕካ
    ሓውካ ደይነበርኩን፣ ፍንጫሕ መሰንገሌኻ
    ባሕረ ነጋሽ ኢልካ ዝሰመኻኒ ባዕልኻ
    ነዚ ኣፍ ሓተላ ካብቶም ኩሎም ብሉጻት መሚኻ
    ዘርኢ መርገም ከተምጽኣለይ፣ነቲ “ለባም ሓጺር “ገዲፍካ !°!°!
    ኣያይ ድኣ ፍጹም ዘየሕደረሉ
    ናይ ቀደሙ ድዩ ፈሽ ኢሉ ተጸሊሉ ???
    ወይሲ እታ ጣንጡ ምስ ኣተወት እያ ኣብ ሓንጎሉ
    ኣምበሳ እቶን ፣ ፈኵሽ፣ ቃላቱ፣ ናይ ዓዋሉ
    ሰባት መቃመምቲ ወዲ 60 እዩ እናበሉ
    ሓወቦይ ኮይኑምበር፣ መንእሰይ ወዲ 40 እንድኣሉ !!!

  • Haile

    This should give the PFDJ gangs a good lesson. They should know that they are living in a land of law. Unfortunately, they don’t have the capacity to learn and realize facts. If they had, they would have rejected and denounced PFDJ by now for all its atricities on our poor people.

  • “ናይ ሎሚ ዮውሃንስ ፣ ናይ ጽባሕ ሃንሱ
    ኣቦይ ረድኢ ቦኽረጽየን ናብ ለተጽየን ተመሊሱ”

    ናይ ሎሚ ህግደፍ ናይ ቀደም ሙዳዳ
    ኣብ ድኹም ህዝቢ፣ግፍዒ ለሚዳ
    ኣብ TEXAS ክትብል ኣሻፈረኝ ዘራፍ ጎሚዳ
    ክልተ ዓዋናት ልኣኸት ኣእምሮኦም ናይ ጨጓር ዳንጋ፣ ሽዳ
    ናይ ትማል ኩማንዲስ ጃንሆይ፣ ሎም janitora ት ናይ ባይታ
    ወገናውያን ናይ ኢሳያስ ኣረገውቲ ሙታንታ
    በሉ ርኣይዋ ዓባይ ኣሜሪካ ፍርዳ
    ናይ Gangsters,”frends”ክትኮኑ ኣብቲ ጸልማት ቦታ
    በሉ መርዓት ዓመጽቲ ኩኑ፣ SINAI ብቕምጥታ !!!!

  • Mustofa

    Go awate! Go Tedros! Long live justice!

  • Justice has prevailed. This shameless organization and the Asmara rose has lost in the court of law.

  • zemen beraki

    As the Tigrigna proverb, kiwieyeka bmanka kizhleka beidka, )eat with your hand when the dish is cool and with a spoon when it is hot, these wixked people want to used democracy to their end but use violence against other innocent people because they do not want thme to use their democratic right. This is the PFDJ that boasts that it stands on glorious and lofty principles of our martyrs. Harrassing journalists and intimidating people who try to mobilize people for democracy and the respect of human rights in Eritrea. They denied the Eritrean people their rights inside Eritrea and now they are trying to deny Eritrean Americans of their basic civil rights. This is an insult to the society they live in, anyhow it is all the same for them since they do not understand an iota of democracy.

    • Bravo Zemen (beautiful name by the way) , you said it clearly & in articulate manner .Keep up

  • Ab ertrea zelewu mesilwom.mesel wedi seb zeykiberelu adi.mesakin may nay hgdef ziseteywo wala ab america kiwesalom aykeale.gin tedros ajoka ab gonka alona.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Thanks god Justice still is in this planet. I wish investigation is done more to bring the boss of the PFDJ leadership for justice. What about those killed in countries like Sudan by criminal politicians’ years back? Time will come and we will see the strength of truth as everything is recorded.
    Awate, thank you very much.

  • Milkias M Yohannes

    Great reportage awate! The day of reckoning is coming to the lowlife higdef vermins! Next step should be deportation to the higdef land.Let them rot there till the day of liberty