Jailed Singer Teddy Afro Starts Defense

Above: Teddy Afro performing at the Rosewater Hall in San
Jose, California on January 20th, 2007. (Photos by D.J. Fitsum)
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Capital Ethiopia

By Muluken Yewondwossen

Tewodros Kassahun, a.k.a Teddy Afro has started his defense in the Federal High Court 8th Criminal Bench against a hit and run charge on Thursday, October 9, 2008.

His lawyer Million Assefa presented 14 witnesses and 10 documents in evidence to explain Teddy’s innocence of the charge.

On Thursday’s session 8 witnesses appeared with seven giving testimony. The 14th witness, who came from Minilik II Hospital, did not testify after the objection of the prosecutor over the translator’s accuracy, as the witness is Cuban. The Court ruled to bring aother translator for the next trial. The 14th witness was also presented as the prosecutor’s witness.

Three witnesses, his friends, explained that Teddy was with them at the time he was accused of killing a young man near the National Palace at around 1 AM in November 2006. Read more at Capital Ethiopia.

2 Responses to “Jailed Singer Teddy Afro Starts Defense”

  1. 1 Meron Oct 16th, 2008 at 8:13 am

    FREE TEDDY…………..

    I cant wait to see him on the stage again.. God bless you teddy.

  2. 2 Amharic Translator Jay Alan Davis Oct 29th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I have worked for the US Dept of Justice in the San Francisco District INS (formerly) office from 1985-1989 and then as freelance. Lastly I worked with the African Immigrant and Refugee Resource Center in San Francisco, CA.

    My number: 415 864 6422
    AIRRC: 415 433-7300

    I translate to and from Amharic, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, German and English.

    At the same time I wish Teddy much luck in his defence and pray that this will be resolved peacefully.


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