Colonel Gebregziabher Alemseged aka ‘Gebre’ arrested in Ethiopia

Colonel Gebregziabher Alemseged (Gebre Dilla)

Ethiopia’s regiment commander in Somalia, Colonel Gebregziabher Alemseged (Gebre), who was also a former political advisor for the Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has been arrested, according to sources obtained by Ethiopian broadcast media ESAT. Before his capture, he was fired by IGAD on June this year and was wanted by Addis court for human rights violations for his role during violent protest in Jigjiga, the capital of Somali region in Ethiopia.

Gebre is accused of human rights abuses in the Somali region of Ethiopia and the recent deadly violence in the regional capital Jijiga. He is also said to be responsible for the gross human rights violations committed in Mogadishu by the Ethiopian soldiers before their withdrawal after what the international Rights Organisations dubbed a “War crimes” against unarmed civilians.” 

Gabre was the commander of Ethiopian troops that crossed the border into Somalia in 2006/2007 that fought fierce battle with Islamic court union in Mogadishu.

He was TPLF’s point man in Mogadishu for years, Colonel Gebregziabher, or ‘General Geber’ as he is known among the Somalis, is also accused of arms sales to rival factions in Somalia and illegal pervasive trade in the region.

TPLF army commanders in Somalia have been accused of corruption and loss of civilian lives since they set their boots on Somali soil in 2006 as part of the AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia.