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Prosecution unlikely for Muslim murderers

ICC Note

“Most of the local officials in the area are Muslims, and we are afraid that they may not bring any charges against the attackers.”

 By Becky Yeh
04/29/2011 Ethiopia (OneNewsNow)-A human rights organization is asking officials to prosecute the attackers of an Ethiopian evangelist who was beaten to death recently when Muslims lured him out of his church.

Muslims in the Ethiopian village of Worabe lured evangelist Abraham Abera out of Kale Hiwot Church around 9:30 p.m. by telling him his friend was sick and needed immediate help. Abera followed the men, but they began to beat him with rods and killed him on the spot. Abera’s wife saw the attack and tried to intervene, but she was also beaten and left unconscious.

The attackers told Abera that though the area’s Christian population is growing, believers would be destroyed by Muslim extremists. Following the incident, the evangelist’s wife was taken to a nearby hospital with head injuries, but she was able to remember the confrontation and identify two of the attackers. Despite that, Racho says the attackers may not be prosecuted.

“Most of the local officials in the area are Muslims, and we are afraid that they may not bring any charges against the attackers,” he laments.

ICC is asking Christians to contact the Ethiopian embassy and request that officials prosecute the attackers and bring justice on behalf of Abera and his wife

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