Thursday, September 6, 2012

Guard during Ethopian Red Terror Famine Arrested in Denver Suburban Restaurant - Angle - dscriber media

By Robert Weller
It was 1984, and the world was mobilized by the song "Do they know it's Christmas." More than a million people were dying in Ethiopia because of a famine created by drought, combined with the Communist's regime battle to stay in power.
The World Food Program and others rushed food to Addis Ababa, only to see much of it stolen by underfed troops. The leader, Mengistu Haile Mariam, stayed in power another seven years before being forced to flee to Zimbabwe, where he lives under the protection of dictator Robert Mugabe.
Now, one of his prison guards has been identified and arrested in "The Cozy Café," an Ethiopia hangout, in the Denver suburb of Aurora, reports the London Daily Mail.
In a scene that only Hollywood could have imagined, and did in the film "Marathon Man," former guard Kefelegn Alemu Worku was spotted by another Ethiopian exile. Two other former Ethiopians confirmed it.
The Mail reported, "Worku was previously known as Tufa when he worked at the notorious Higher 15 detention camp - the site of many executions - according to two former inmates who identified him in a photo line-up." Worku was arrested and has been charged with unlawfully procuring citizenship or naturalization and aggravated identity theft.
He is accused of beatings and torture sessions that included a cattle prod, rifle butts, whips and pipes. He also is being investigated for his role in a detention center known as "Higher 15."
"It was established during the late 1970s in a campaign known as the Red Terror, which Human Rights Watch has called 'one of the most systematic uses of mass murder by a state ever witnessed in Africa,'" the Mail said.
Brutal even by African standards, Mengistu was widely believed to have smothered Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, a world hero for standing up to Mussolini and Hitler, with a pillow.

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