Local rulers [in the Somali region of Ethiopia] are engaged in torture, a new smuggled video confirms. This week Swedish TV has revealed that the video evidence used against Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson was fake. Now, SVT’s Africa Correspondent John Ripa had access to additional material smuggled out of the Ogaden in Ethiopia. This time it confirms the regime’s widespread torture in Jail Ogaden.
Just days after Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye were released from Ethiopia; SVT then got hold of new smuggled video content from Ethiopia.
It’s about evidence and testimony of torture in Jail Ogaden.
This type of testimony is dismissed as lies by the Ethiopian regime. But in the materials now smuggled out of Ethiopia, the victims’ stories confirm how local rulers evaluate torture in prison: “Those who are here have conducted torture in Jail Ogaden. All but one of them tortured the prisoners mercilessly.”
The video also confirms that people have died from torture in prison.
“They tried to drown my friend”
Many torture victims from Jail Ogaden are hiding in Nairobi.
SVT’s Africa Correspondent John Ripa has met several of them and heard their stories.
Abdi Razak Ali has scars of bayonet attack and Ahmed Abdullahi’s wrists has traces of ropes used when he was hung from the ceiling. Abdullahi tells SVT reporter about several other ways they have been tortured.
“They took us out and then they beat us. Once they put us inside a tub of cold water. The water was energized. They tried to drown my friend, he was naked. Then they took him out and beat him.”
Abdi Razak Ali confirms a similar picture: “Several times they tortured my friend with water and electricity. In the end he died.”