on Thursday, October 30, Eritrean security officers have
initiated a wave of arrests that has nabbed nearly twenty
police officers, including chiefs of police departments.
arrested include Colonel Yemane Fessehaye (better known
as ?Weddi Regg?o?), the Head of the Crime Prevention
Department; Colonel Hamed Wed Sheikh, who has held
various high ranking positions including Chief of Police for
Massawa as well Anseba Region; Colonel Hassen, Asmara
Police Chief; and, Wedi Haleka, who was in charge of
the 6th Police Station in Asmara.
News has not been able to confirm the names of the other
arrests were directed by General Gherezgheir Andemariam
(?Wuchu?), a man with many portfolios including Commander
of one of Eritrea?s four military zones and Acting Police
Commissioner, after the dismantlement of Eritrea?s police
department last year. The detainees
are believed to be under the custody of one of General Wuchu?s
subordinates, Colonel Solomon (?Wedi Kitcha?), and are
reported to be held in a so-far unpublicized underground
detention center in Mai Temenai.
this year, as reported by Gedab News on June 5, the security
department had carried out similar sweeping arrests of
high-ranking police officers including the chief of the Godaif
Police Station, Colonel Fiory.
of the arrested has been charged with any crime.