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‘Free our dad’ plea to No 10

Andargachew 'Andy' Tsege was 'rendered' while travelling through Yemen in June 2014

10 February, 2017

Yemi Hailemariam with, from left, Menabe, Yilak and Helawit

THE family of a British man held on death row in Ethiopia held a vigil outside 10 Downing Street yesterday (Thursday) to call on the government to press for him to be set free.

Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, a father-of-three from Holloway, was “rendered” by the Ethiopians while travelling through Yemen on his way to Eritrea in June 2014. He is a respected and outspoken critic of the regime and a member of exiled opposition group Ginbot 7.

Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege

He has not been seen since, except in a brief appearance on Ethiopian state television in July 2015.

Human rights organisation Reprieve, which is supporting his family, is concerned about his welfare.

Yesterday, on Mr Tsege’s 62nd birthday, his partner Yemi Hailemariam, 47, and his children were joined by dozens of protesters across the road from Prime Minister Theresa May’s residence.

Ms Hailemariam was accompanied by Helawit, 18, Yilak, 9, and Menabe, 9, from Clerkenwell, who have not seen their father for more than two years.

They handed in letters calling on the Prime Minister to do more to secure the release of their father. Ms Hailemariam met Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson this week in a meeting brokered by her MP, Emily Thornberry. She said she was not able to disclose what had been discussed but described the meeting as “good”.

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