Addis Ababa, June 15, 2010 (ENA) The Federal High Court passed capital punishment on Tuesday upon Eng. Jemua Ruphael Amen, who was found guilty of killing three innocent people collaborating with a terrorist group operating in Benishangul Gumuz State, the Ministry of Justice disclosed.
In its statement sent to ENA, the ministry indicated that the 2nd and 3rd Criminal Bench of the Court sentenced the convict, who engaged in armed struggle to dismantle the constitution forcefully.
The ministry said the convict who served as planning and economic bureau head of the regional government, to capital punishment for murdering three innocent civilians in cold blood.
The criminal, who organized a self-styled ‘Benishangul Gumuz Liberation Movement’, had been perpetuating terrorist acts with the Eritrean government against the local people until he was put under police custody, the statement said.
The ministry said the convict had received military training in Eritrea to engage in inflicting damage on public resources and to national defense force.
According to the statement, the Court passed capital punishment upon the criminal taking the position as well as the educational background of the convict into account.
The ministry also said three henchmen, namely Asadik Atahib, and two others, who were charged with Eng. Jemua Raphael Amen, got ten years of rigorous prison terms each for collaborating in the terrorist act.