Gov’t Would No More Tolerate Violation of State of Emergency, Says Attorney General

Though the government has been tolerating violations in the hope that disturbances in some parts of the country would subside,
it would no more tolerate trespassing of the Proclamation on State of Emergency, Attorney General Getachew Ambaye warned today.

In his briefing to journalists on the recently issued directive, the Attorney General said the security forces have been tolerating grenade attacks and other violent acts during the past 15 days under the state of emergency.

The Command Post will not henceforth negotiate any violation of the Proclamation on State of Emergency and will firmly maintain peace and order.

He stressed that the Command Post will take measures to ensure rule of law and control violators.

Even if the government released prisoners and dropped charges of some people, Getachew said "it would be naïve to get any of that after the declaration of the state of emergency."
According to him, the directive has two parts that deal with restrictions across the country and areas that are to be specified by the Command Post.

Communicating with any of the groups and individuals categorized as terrorists, disturbing transport services,

cessation of public service delivery, demonstrations, protest in sport centers, hindering the movement of basic supplies,

officially or secretly campaigning for protest, and attempting and participating to undermine the unity of the Ethiopian people are among the restrictions applicable across the country.

Defense forces, police, and the national security can take measures on anyone who violates the directive, except diplomats, the Attorney General pointed out.

Noting that the public was a key player in restoring peace and stability in the last state of emergency, Getachew stressed that "the people should obey the orders of the Command Post to bring peace and tranquility within a short period."

The Command Post can search anyone, anywhere and at any time without court warrant, but the person has the right to ask for identification card as well as request for observers from the community police and public, he added.

The six-month emergency rule, which was endorsed by parliament on March 2, 2018, is aimed at protecting the Constitution and the constitutional order as well as ensuring security and stability of the country.

Addis Ababa March 05/03/2018 (ENA)