Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, who was reported missing on May 16 and yet found again in a Police Station in Bahir Dar, Amhara region, appeared in a court in the regional capital today at the behest of the Federal Police Crime Investigation Bureau.
It is reported that he is suspected of allegedly attempting to forcefully overthrow the constitutional system.
After hearing the statement, the court ordered the police to complete the investigation within 10 days overruling the 14 days request. The case is adjourned for May 30, 2022.
Brigadier General Tefera explained to the court that he was suddenly abducted by security forces who hit him in the struggle during the capture.
He disclosed that they arrested him in a dark solitary confinement for two days before transporting him to Bahir Dar by a helicopter.
The Brigadier General, who led the Amhara Special Forces during the conflict with Tigray forces last year, was reported missing in Addis Ababa on May 16.
He was found two days later in Bahir Dar after he sent a message yesterday, May 19, to his wife, Menen Haile, who spoke to the BBC Amharic last night. It was also the Brigadier General’s lawyer and his close associates who found out his whereabouts.
Menen explained that her husband had left the house around noon on the day of his disappearance for an appointment he had with a friend. She repeatedly called his cell phone after that but he failed to answer or reply to her calls.
His wife also said that their residence was mainly in Bahir Dar, adding that Brigadier General Tefera Mamo had come to Addis Ababa with his family to seek medical attention for gunshot wounds on his leg.
General Tefera has previously served in various capacities in the Amhara region, most recently as the region’s special forces chief.
After his termination from the Amhara Regional State Special Forces, he appeared in various media outlets with different controversial comments.
In his media appearances, he had criticized the federal government for working to attack and weaken the Amhara Regional State security structure including the Fano.
He also blamed some senior members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) for not having the necessary military skills and accused them of disloyalty.
Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, who was also once a senior officer in the ENDF, had been accused of being an accomplice to a conspiracy against the late ruling party, EPRDF, ten years ago.
He was imprisoned for nine years on charges of plotting a coup along with the late Brigadier General Asaminew Tsige and eight other senior officers.
Shortly after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office, he was released from prison and held various positions.
Recently, when Tigray forces occupied some areas of the Amhara and Afar regions, he was in charge of the Amhara region’s Special Forces. However, he was removed from the position a few months ago for undisclosed reasons.
Addis Zeybe’s attempts to request a briefing from the Amhara Regional State Security and Police regarding the sudden arrest of Brigadier General Tefera Mamo were unsuccessful.