Motion to Sack a Federal Judge Tabled in Parliament

ADDIS ABABA  – The House of Representatives on Tuesday discussed a motion filed by Ethiopia’s judicial watchdog to impeach a federal first instance court judge.

The Federal Judicial Council (FJC) found judge Fantahun Delelew guilty of “grave misconduct” during its session last August.



Judge Fantahun has been serving as a federal first instance court judge for nearly nine years.

The 15-member council voted in favor of his removal from the bench as of August 20, 2022, and went on to file an impeachment motion for parliament.

House speaker Taggese Chafo read the motion recommending that the judge be removed from the bench during the parliamentary session today.

As per the Ethiopian constitution, a federal judge serves until his retirement age and can be removed from office only through impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the judicial council.

The house Taggese stated that the judicial watchdog decided to remove the judge after finding him guilty of “grave misconduct” that violated the Federal Judges Judicial Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure Regulation.



According to the FJC’s ruling announced by the office of the federal Supreme court, the judge confided with one of the parties in an ongoing court case he was presiding over and received 100,000 birr bribery.

His actions violated the concept of impartiality, integrity, and independence of the judicial role set in the Federal Judges Judicial Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure Regulation, the ruling says.

After hearing the motion, the MPs called for “concerned bodies” to step up their activities to clamp down on dishonest actors that became a source of public complaints of misconduct by those in power.

The house finally referred the motion to its Legal, Justice, and Democracy Affairs Standing Committee for further hearing ahead of the final verdict.

A simple majority vote in the lower house of parliament is required for the removal of the federal judge.

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