Ethiopian billionaire loses legal fight vs US journalist Kifle
Ethiopian billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi reportedly lost in his lawsuit against popular US-based Ethiopian journalist Elias Kifle.
The billionaire hired the US law firm DLA piper to sue Elias for defaming him and his family on the website EthiopianReview.com
Al Amoudi, who is a supporter of the Ethiopian government, has legally targetted Elias since 2010. This time the billionaire lost after an Atlanta division US District Court dismissed the lawsuit due to “lack of subject matter jurisdiction.” The plaintiff has been ordered to pay Elias Kifle’s legal expenses.
Al Amoudi is popular in Ethiopia for his philanthropy work, including funding hospitals, museums, developments and events nationwide.
But he is also controversial for his support of the EPRDF ruling party in Ethiopia and monopolizing some domestic sectors, like mining. Forbes listed him as the second richest black man in the world.
Elias is a vocal opponent of the Ethiopian government and its powerful allies like the billionaire. He has often asked for the overthrow of the Ethiopian government in addis ababa, due to human rights abuses in the country.
The Ethiopian ruling party EPRDF has a long record of human rights abuses over its near two decades of rule. It has been accused of committing crime against humanity in the Ogaden region and massacre of civilians in Oromia and Gambella region in 2003. In the 1990s, the ruling party branch OPDO and ally OLF groups together instigated bloody ethnic violence, that killed thousands of ethnic Amhara minority in the south.
The ruling party controlled police also killed over two hundred opposition protestors in 2005. Over the years, the Tigrayan dominated leadership of EPRDF is accused of monopolizing the military and the economy. Critics label the regime’s “ethnic-federalism” system as an apartheid, and for marginalizing millions of mixed Ethiopians whose ancestors are multiethnic. Most recently, several dozen Oromo students were killed and hundreds arrested by police for opposing an unpopular plan to expand the capital city.
Elias Kifle has published various articles demanding the West to end support for the Ethiopian government. He has been editor-in chief of the Ethiopian review journal since its launch in 1991.