The judicial registration office rejects the defense request to replace a new Judge

Oromo Federalist Congress leaders, Bekele Gerba and Jawar Mohammed, and 12 other suspects asked the First Instance Court on 10 August for replacement of a judge, but the request was denied. Following the ruling, a preliminary inquiry was set to begin on 13 August. It did not go ahead as five of the witnesses were absent due to medical problems. The court adjourned until 17 August. The suspects submitted a 7-page document explaining the request to replace the judge. According to defense attorney Tuli Bayessa, they doubt the judge’s impartiality.The judicial registration office rejected the request,  saying there was insufficient

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