Did British intelligence assist Ethiopian security services to kidnap Andargachew Tsige? Did UK officials, for example, provide Ethiopian agents with Mr. Tsige’s travel itinerary? There are telltale signs that the UK government knows more than it wants to admit. A series of leaked emails newly published in the Daily Mail hint at UK collaboration with Ethiopian officials in the forcible rendition of the prominent opposition figure during a stop over in Yemen in June 2014.
Although Ethiopian by birth, Mr. Tsige is a British citizen. According to the Mail, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond didn’t want to be bothered with Mr. Tsige’s case. Mr. Hammond “could not ‘find time’ for a phone call to raise the issue.”