Tuesday, October 07, 2008

 

No knowledge nor can I comment on renditions


In April 2007, Ethiopia acknowledged it was holding 41 "suspected terrorists" from 17 countries. In October 2008, the US Government still refused to respond to questions on its role. Most detainees were released after a few months. The Ethiopian Government acknowledges that up to 10 foreign detainees are still in detention.

"I’m not sure if they have appeared before a court," Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Tekede Alemu. The minister rejected claims the detainees have been mistreated.

He also denied US agents had been allowed to control the interrogations of foreign prisoners.

"I have no knowledge of it nor as official policy can I comment on such matters," US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Jendayi Frazer. Jendayi E. Frazer was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for African Affairs on August 29, 2005. Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Frazer served as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. Immediately before her ambassadorship, Dr. Frazer served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council.

Prior to joining the George W. Bush Administration, Dr. Frazer taught public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Frazer brought practical experience to that position, having worked as a political-military planner with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, during her time as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.

Dr. Frazer earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University. Her doctoral dissertation examined Kenya's civilian-military relationship.

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