Semhal Meles, the daughter of a former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, has reportedly been arrested in Tigray.
Semhal’s father, Meles Zenawi, who was Interim President of Ethiopia from
28 May 1991 to 22 August 1995, also served as the country’s 8th Prime Minister from 23 August 1995 to 20 August 2012.
Zenawi was a former leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF),
Semhal, 32, was detained in the capital city of Tigray, Mekelle. No official reason has been given for her arrest.
Her mother, Azeb Mesfin, confirmed the detention and stated that her daughter went to the area before the military operation launched against the rebel TPLF administration in the province on November 4.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that the last phase of the operation was completed after Mekelle was taken, and that the criminals would be caught one by one and brought to justice.
Berhanemeskel Hayelom, son of ex Ethiopian General, Hayelom Araya, is also detained along with Semhal.